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    Vt. panel urges prompt nuclear plant decommissioning

    A panel that advises Vermont state policy makers on activities at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants the plant to be dismantled promptly after it stops operating next year. In a meeting Wednesday, the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel urged that state officials push for decommissioning the nuclear plant as quickly as possible. But the panel stopped short of urging that a state permit for the plant to operate until late next year be conditioned on an agreement by plant owner Entergy Corp. to do prompt decommissioning. Entergy has said it wants to mothball the plant for decades, while its radioactive components cool and the funds set aside to dismantle it grow.