Vermont Yankee
The Vermont Yankee power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant closed on Dec. 29, 2014, and parent company Entergy has applied to use $6.6 million of its decommissioning fund to pay taxes.
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Nuke plant says cleanup $5M under budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is $5 million under budget in its decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Nuclear officials said last week. But Christopher Wamser, site vice president for the Vermont Yankee plant, declined to say how Entergy was reaching those savings and exactly how much has been spent. And company officials again said it was under no obligation to … 0

Nuke plant sounds final sirens today

Friday, November 6, 2015

Today’s noontime siren blast is expected to be the last for towns within the 10-mile emergency planning zone for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State and local public safety agencies will conduct the final monthly sounding of all 37 sirens within 10 miles of the Vernon, Vt. plant. The full three-minute siren test is conducted by Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public … 0

Should states fight Entergy’s dip into Vt. Yankee decommissioning fund?

Monday, November 2, 2015

MONTPELIER — Multiple state agencies are meeting this week to decide whether to fight Entergy Nuclear’s plan to dip into the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for business expenses, including a recently updated property tax bill from the state for $1.2 million. Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, said earlier … 0

License amendments on NRC conference agenda

Sunday, October 25, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state’s public service commissioner will be meeting with officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week to discuss the state’s concerns about the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Chris Recchia said he would be in the Washington, D.C. area for a conference of state nuclear … 0

Nuke shutdown powwow: Economic planners, researchers, analysts discuss how communities deal with loss of plants

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AMHERST — With closure of the Rowe Yankee Atomic plant years in the past, Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning looming and shutdown of the Pilgrim Station plant recently announced, economic planners, researchers and state analysts from around the region and … 1

Texas site set to accept Vermont Yankee nuke waste

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MONTPELIER — Concern that the west Texas low-level radioactive waste facility might close before Vermont Yankee is decommissioned appears to be premature, as a spokesman for the Texas company that operates the facility said they would seek 10-year extensions as needed. Vermont paid $25 million to the state … 0

Vt. Yankee must notify state of decommissioning fund withdrawals

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The State of Vermont has gained some leverage in its efforts to monitor Entergy Nuclear’s withdrawals from the $600 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. Entergy will have to continue to notify federal regulators and, … 0

Vt. Yankee ordered to pay $2.5M more in taxes

Thursday, October 15, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Taxes, saying Vermont Yankee’s exemption from the statewide education property tax expired when it stopped generating power last year, has directed the town of Vernon to send owner Entergy Nuclear a … 0

NRC nixes Vt. Yankee emergency notification link

Sunday, October 11, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a request from the Shumlin administration to keep a little-known direct emergency notification computer link working at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. On a unanimous vote, the NRC rejected a request from the state of Vermont to keep … 0

Nuclear waste site could close before Vermont Yankee decommissions

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal permit for the west Texas facility that is supposed to take most of the low-level radioactive waste from the demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant expires 20 years before Yankee is … 0

Vt., Entergy clash on emergency planning fallout

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont and Entergy Nuclear are at loggerheads over how much emergency planning and environmental testing is needed starting next year — and how much money Entergy should continue to pay for it. Entergy wants to reduce the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone surrounding Vermont Yankee starting … 0

VY evacuation zone likely to shrink

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has again rejected arguments by Vermont’s governor in efforts to keep the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant intact until the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is … 0

Entergy, regional commission clash over site of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Windham Regional Commission thinks there could be a better location at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s 127-acre site in Vernon for the long-term storage of the shuttered reactor’s thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. The commission has taken that controversial stand, bucking … 0

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s … 0

Vt. Yankee decommissioning challenged by state

Friday, July 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don’t always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. … 0