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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:15 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The chairman of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission says the organization is going to honor a 20-year-old agreement that guarantees space for radioactive waste from Vermont in its Texas disposal facility.

During a Wednesday meeting at the Vermont Statehouse, Commission Chairman Robert Wilson says the commission recognizes Vermont is a partner in the compact.

In 1993 Vermont and Texas formed the compact. Under the agreement, Texas would host a low-level radioactive waste facility and Vermont would have a place to send some of the waste from its nuclear power plant.

Vermont officials are looking for assurance there will be space in Texas for waste from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is due to be shut down next year and the dismantling process begun.

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