VERNON, VT (WWLP) - Entergy Corp. says it will shut down the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014.
22News went to the plant in Vernon, Vermont Tuesday and spoke to residents in the surrounding area to see what they think about the closure.
The nuclear plant has been open for 41 years, and its evacuation zone extends well into Franklin County.
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station started operating in 1972 and was acquired by a Louisiana based company in 2002 by Entergy Corporation. They now have about 630 employees.
On Tuesday, Entergy Corp. announced that they will be shutting down the plant by the end of 2014, because it’s too costly to operate, but there have been other issues.
The company has been battling the state since 2010, when the Vermont Senate voted against having them operate for another twenty years.
In 2011 federal regulators allowed the companies license to be renewed, and there have been environmental concerns. The plant uses water from the Connecticut River to cool down.
Fana Cyr of Hinsdale, New Hampshire fishes on the same section of river. She told 22News, "You know my son and I fish here a lot and I told him, he likes to keep the fish a lot actually and I know a lot of people do eat them out of here but I won't. I won't let him eat them."
Willow Hatch lives in Northfield, which is within the plants 10 mile evacuation zone, and says the monthly emergency drills took some getting used to.
"It happens every Wednesday of the first month, and I didn't know that when I first moved here and all of a sudden an alarm started going off and I panicked," said Willow.
Not everyone is happy to see the plant close.
According to Dan Bruce of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, "I'm going to see a lot of people go unemployed because of this. I know I'd rather see it open it's feeding a lot of families."
“I would have been happier if it were twenty years ago, but I'm very happy it's happening now," said Christopher Worth of Northfield.
The station will remain overseen by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.