Vermont Yankee

Entergy still tight-lipped on Vt. Yankee emergency plan

Monday, March 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee site vice president refused to answer questions last week about Entergy Nuclear’s plan to sharply reduce the emergency planning zone around the closed reactor. This followed a promise made about 30 minutes earlier by Entergy to be “transparent” on the decommissioning process. The problem, said Chris Wamser, the site vice president, is that the state is fighting the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in relation to the Vernon plant as well as Pilgrim Station in Plymouth and the FitzPatrick … 0

Vt. pushing back against Entergy’s moves toward emergency planning reduction

Monday, February 23, 2015

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration is continuing its fight to keep Entergy Nuclear from further reducing emergency planning at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until all the spent nuclear fuel is transferred to permanent storage. Vermont’s Department of Public Service has petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to intervene in Entergy Nuclear’s … 0

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Strontium-90 has been found at only one other shut down nuclear power plant, and its cleanup added millions of dollars to the ultimate cleanup costs, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week. But the officials said there was no immediate need for the … 2

Nuke plant shutdown plans to be aired at Thursday meeting

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Decommissioning plans for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be aired at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. The meeting will review the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report, which guides plans for decommissioning the 42-year-old Vernon … 0

NRC files final inspection report for Vt. Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The day after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down for good, water levels in the reactor core were lower than plant workers realized because of faulty calculations, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported. … 0

Isotope find renews focus on Vt. Yankee wells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Recent test results showing strontium-90 in four monitoring wells at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant have renewed a five-year-old debate about whether to clean up the radioactive isotope now or wait 50 years. Arnie Gundersen … 0

Greenfield Town Council to NRC: Maintain emergency planning

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has sent a resolution to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking it require the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to continue emergency planning zone coverage of 10 miles and notification of 15 minutes to surrounding towns, if there’s ever a problem, until its spent fuel … 1

Strontium-90 detected in Vt. Yankee well water

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Vernon, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Health announced this week that routine testing of groundwater wells at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant site had turned up signs of the radioactive isotope strontium-90 for the first time. … 0

Anti-nuke group sets talk on Vt. Yankee shutdown

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Citizens Awareness Network and the Safe and Green Campaign of Brattleboro, Vt., will host a forum and panel discussion regarding concerns over the closure and cleanup of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The event will be on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Marlboro College, 28 Vernon … 0

Vt. Yankee emergency plans still in place

Friday, January 30, 2015

VERNON, VT — Although Vermont Yankee shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its workforce, emergency plans and security measures remain in place full-force. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Earlier this month, its workforce was cut from 528 … 1

NRC vows nuke plant cleanup will be paid for

Friday, January 30, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tried to reassure residents that in 60 years there will be a company to pay for the cleanup of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Bruce Watson, an official with the … 0

Vt. Yankee: Assemblies moved to spent fuel pool

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The first big step toward decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been completed, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 368 fuel assemblies in the reactor core — the source of the 620 megawatts of … 0

Comments on nuke plant decommissioning report?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning report for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and is planning a Feb. 19 public hearing to discuss the document, which estimates the cost of decommssioning the Vernon reactor. Entergy filed its Post-Shutdown … 0

Nuclear Fission: What does removal of power plant have in store for local economies?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In towns like Rowe and Vernon, Vt., where a nuclear power plant with its highly paid workforce can serve as an “economic mask” that shields the rural community from workplace losses, the permanent shutdown of the reactor can be like removing the mask, revealing the true condition of … 0