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February 17th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Vermont battle could determine U.S. nuclear future

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant near Brattleboro, VT is 39 years old, part of a generation of aging nuclear plants.

The plant is the same design as the notorious Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and has a history of problems - water towers collapsing, pipes leaking radioactive material, to name a few.

Now the plant is at the center of a battle that could well shape America's nuclear future. The Vermont legislature has voted to shut down the plant, but the plant owners insist Vermont doesn't have the right to shut them down and has won approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep the plant going for another 20 years.

Will the people of Vermont have a say in their own nuclear future? CNN's Amber Lyon investigates.

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