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Decommissioning of nuclear plant a long process

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CARLTON (WKOW) – Kewaunee County economic developers are ready to start redevelopment on the closing nuclear power plant, but the plant's owner says the process of decommission could take a long time.

The Kewaunee nuclear plant is disconnected from the grid, but the process of decommission on the 900-acre site could take six decades.

According to the Herald Times Reporter, nuclear fuel rods removed from the reactor will remain in the cooling pool at the plant for about seven years.  Then they will be put into a dry cask.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the spent fuel will be removed from the site by the end of the 60-year decommissioning period.

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