BRATTLEBORO (AP) - The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is asking permission to build a second concrete pad to store spent fuel casks on after the plant closes at the end of the year.

New Orleans-based Entergy announced in August it would shutter the nuclear plant after 41 years.

For the first five years after closure, the spent fuel will be kept in a fuel pool until it cools enough to be moved to dry casks that are stored on concrete pads on the site. The plant currently has one pad and the second could be completed by 2017.

On Monday, Entergy submitted a petition to the Vermont Public Service Board for a Certificate of Public Good.

 This is an undated file photo showing an aerial view of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The good annual review the Vermont Yankee
This is an undated file photo showing an aerial view of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The good annual review the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant got this week from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission marks the beginning of the end game for a plant slated to close at year-end. The NRC's regional administrator says the focus shifts now to guarding against "backsliding" a relaxation of safety standards as the plant prepares to close. (AP Photo)


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