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Protesters gather against continued operation of Vt nuke plant after 40-year license expires
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) ' Protesters are gathering in Brattleboro for a march against the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
Thursday marks the first day of the plant's operation after its initial 40-year operating license expired on Wednesday.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued the plant a 20-year license extension, but the state of Vermont wants the plant to close.
The protesters plan to march to the plant's Brattleboro headquarters. A number of protesters are expected to trespass on Vermont Yankee property and be arrested on Thursday.
The plant itself is located in Vernon.
In a statement, Vermont Yankee said the company respects the rights of opponents to peacefully protest, but the company's employees will not be distracted from their jobs.