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Road closed Wednesday AM by power plant

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Moving spent nuclear fuel to storage means the road by Dairyland Power's Genoa power plant is closed to traffic Wednesday morning.

A release from Dairyland states that for about 45 minutes between 6 and 10 a.m. the company is transferring the fuel from the former reactor site to dry cask storage at the south end of the company's property.

While that's happening, Highway 35 is shut down to regular traffic.  The Vernon County Sheriff's Department is handling the road closure.

In the release, Dairyland says the closure of the road while the fuel is transferred keeps any potential hazards on the highway from impacting the move.

The boat landing by the power plant is also closed during the transfer.

According to the company, this is the last of five canisters moved to dry cask storage.  The project began in July with two moves, along with two more in August.

Dairyland has an information line at 608-787-1200 that will be updated with more specific timing of the move.

The Genoa power plant is home to the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, which was shut down in 1987 yet still contains used fuel.

 

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