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Dairyland Power in the stages of removing nuclear waste from an old reactor building

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news Ellsworth, 54011
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

GENOA - An electric cooperative in western Wisconsin is wrapping up a five-year project to remove nuclear waste from its old reactor building to a storage pad with stronger cask holders.

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The Dairyland Power Cooperative was planning to close Highway 35 at Genoa for about 45 minutes this morning, to move the last of five casks that were re-located this summer. All told, about 120,000 pounds of waste from the cooperative's former nuclear plant was moved from a storage pool in the reactor facility, where it's been held for 25 years. The spent fuel is now in a steel-and-concrete casks at their own storage pad, where the waste can be held indefinitely at a much lower cost.

Dairyland said the project cost over $40-million. Officials say the storage costs will be cut in half, and it will speed up the plant's decommissioning process. The facility has been closed since 1987.

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