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HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH)– A floating barrier that has been restricting access to the canal along the Connecticut River near Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company (CY) will be removed, according to a press release.
According to the release, CY reached an agreement with DEEP that would allow recreational boaters and fishermen access to the waters.
The barrier will be removed once additional security measures and procedures are completed near the site of the spent nuclear fuel, as state in the release.
“We are pleased that discussions initiated as a result of public concerns about the closing of the canal have led to a positive outcome,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “We now have a balanced approach that will meet the security concerns for the site while providing public access to the canal – and we appreciate CT Yankee pursuing this with us.”
“I greatly appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Klee and the DEEP staff, as well as the patience of CY’s neighbors and stakeholders, as we worked to develop a solution that responded to the concerns raised regarding the reinstallation of the canal boom. The cooperative effort resulted in an agreement that addresses the visibility and public access issues raised, while ensuring that the site’s security and protective capabilities are maintained. CY will endeavor to install the additional security measures and remove the boom from the canal entrance as soon as possible,” said CY President Wayne Norton.
The barrier to the canal was originally removed back in 2007 when the nuclear power plant was decommissioned after its permanent shutdown in December 1996. The barrier was re-installed in 2013 after security concerns were raised. CY continues to operate an spent fuel storage installation at the site, which is licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.