Maine Headlines

Maine Yankee Decommissioning Begins

Wednesday November 3 3:43 AM ET

WISCASSET -- Parts of the closed Maine Yankee nuclear power plant will soon be shipped to disposal facilities in Utah and South Carolina as the plant's decommissioning begins. A Maine Yankee spokesperson says three reactor coolant pump motors will be shipped by rail to a Utah disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. The pumps themselves will have to be transported by truck to South Carolina in special metal containers because of their higher levels of radioactive contamination. The reactor vessel itself will also be sent to South Carolina by barge within the next three years.