MILWAUKEE (AP) -

The owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant wants to speed up the transfer of nuclear waste from a cooling pool inside the reactor to more secure long-term storage casks.

Dominion Resources Inc. is seeking to accelerate the transfer by the end of 2016, four years earlier than its initial plan. Dominion has hired NAC International to build and fill the storage casks. Radioactive rods of spent nuclear fuel are cooling in a large pool inside the plant along the shore of Lake Michigan. It stopped producing power more than a year ago.

The rods eventually will be encased in 24 concrete casks, which stand 18 feet tall on a pad outside the reactor building. Dominion spokesman Mark Kanz tells the Journal Sentinel the company has changed its plans because of concerns of the local community.