A portion of Hwy. 35 in Vernon County will be closed for about 45 minutes Wednesday as workers move a cask of radioactive waste to a storage pad at Dairyland Power’s Genoa site.

This will be the last of five casks to be moved this summer as the La Crosse-based utility completes a five-year project to remove nearly 120,000 pounds of waste from a fuel storage pool in the reactor building — where it has been stored for the past 25 years — into steel and concrete casks, where it can be held indefinitely at a much lower cost.

Wednesday’s road closure is expected to last about 45 minutes and will likely happen between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. or between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to Dairyland. 

The highway will be closed in the area adjacent to the Genoa plant. Motorists can access Hwy. 56 in Genoa and Mundsack Road to the south. The boat landing south of the power plant will also be closed during the transfer.

For more information call Dairyland’s information line at 608-787-1200.

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