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Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? The man is Anthony Leshinskie, Vermont’s new nuclear engineer and decommissioning coordinator. Leshinskie, 51, has been on the job a little over … 0

How do we prevent economic meltdown?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It’s been 17 years since UMass economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont Yankee plant shutting down at the end of … 0

Vt. Yankee asked to monitor river warming with samples

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing its release of cooling water into the Connecticut River. The draft permit, replacing a discharge permit … 0

2nd spent-fuel pad sought at Vermont Yankee plant

Monday, June 30, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The energy company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has asked for permission to build a second concrete pad on which to store spent-fuel casks after the plant closes at the end of the year. New Orleans-based Entergy announced in August it would shutter … 0

NRC decision shouldn’t affect Vt. nuke waste move

Friday, May 30, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week not to endorse the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from pools to dry cask storage won’t have an effect on the anticipated transfer of the highly radioactive fuel at Vermont Yankee. Christopher Recchia, commissioner of the … 0

NRC draws fire at Vt. Yankee meeting

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials ran into open skepticism and hostility from local residents Wednesday night, as they were peppered with questions about persistent operating problems at Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as well as future decommissioning issues. Activists brought “laugh track” buttons that they used whenever there … 0

Vermont Yankee gets good last review from NRC

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is giving the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant positive reviews for its performance last year. Bill Dean, the agency’s Northeast regional administrator, is in Brattleboro for meetings Tuesday and today and tells The Associated Press that while there were some issues … 0

NRC meeting set for Brattleboro high school Wednesday

Friday, May 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss its annual review of safety performance at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The 6:30 p.m. meeting in Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium, will include a brief presentation on the decommissioning process followed by a … 0

Vt. Yankee moving forward with storage plan

Friday, May 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy has announced it is taking the first steps toward moving its spent fuel to dry-cask storage at the Vermont Yankee site by 2021, with plans to file with the state to build a second concrete pad. The announcement of the filing by June 30 … 0

Entergy sues federal Dept. of Energy over waste storage

Friday, May 2, 2014

Entergy Nuclear has again filed suit against the federal Department of Energy, seeking $88 million it has already spent on handling and storing its high-level radioactive waste at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, … 0

Official: Vermont Yankee nuke plant had small radioactive leak; no danger

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant had a small leak of radioactive steam last week but it was contained and the public was not in danger, a plant spokesman said. The leak was discovered by a worker doing maintenance on a pipe, Vermont Yankee spokesman … 0

Entergy files to do away with 10-mile emergency zone

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions … 0

Nuke plant’s river discharge issue heats up anew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONTPELIER — The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced last week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit … 0

Conference considers economic fallout from shut nuke plant

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund. That was a suggestion made Wednesday … 0

Vt. board allows nuke plant operation through ’14

Friday, March 28, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Sternly scolding Entergy Corp. for “bad conduct” during its 12 years of owning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, Vermont regulators on Friday approved the plant’s operation through the end of 2014, when it is closing for economic reasons. The Public Service Board made clear in … 0