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In shadow of plant, small town’s future in jeopardy

VERNON, Vt. — By early afternoon Tuesday, Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern was crammed with workers from the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The dirt parking lot was filled to capacity, and the main road was clogged with cars parked on the shoulder.

Hours earlier, the workers had been told the plant would close next year, an announcement few expected. Released early for the day, they stopped at the restaurant and pub on the banks of the Connecticut River to sip beers and talk about the future.

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