Vermont Yankee
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The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt., will begin shutting down in 2014.

Vermont Yankee begins to power down

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear announced Tuesday that Vermont Yankee was starting its “coastdown” to shutdown later this year. “Starting now, you’ll see a gradual decrease until the end of the year,” said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. Cohn compared the “coastdown” of the Vernon nuclear reactor as when someone starts putting on the brakes on his car in anticipating of … 0

Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a spokesman for the owner of Vermont Yankee, which is slated to shut down in late … 0

Water cooling still an issue at Vermont Yankee

Friday, September 12, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit in the next couple of weeks for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which … 0

Anti-nukers on Vt. Yankee advisory panel

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Six citizen members, some with strong anti-nuclear bona fides, were named to the state’s new Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel by the state’s top political leaders Tuesday. The six public members, who were appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, president pro tempore of … 0

NRC: Spent fuel can be stored indefinitely at decommisioned plants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants, according to a NRC press release. The NRC says it will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule … 0

Anti-nukers, congressmen fret over Entergy finances, requested subsidies

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently reopened a year-old petition from anti-nuclear groups concerned about Entergy Corp.’s financial ability to safely operate its nuclear plants, including Vermont Yankee. The original petition, filed before Entergy announced plans to shut the … 0

Feds talk about Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management … 0

Entergy eyes Texas for additional waste

Friday, August 15, 2014

By SUSAN SMALLHEER Rutland Herald MANCHESTER — Vermont and Texas officials were told Thursday that Entergy Nuclear expects to have its plans in place later this year for shipping low-level radioactive waste from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to a Texas facility. At its annual Vermont meeting, … 0

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with an application by Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s owners to eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone after it ceases operation at the end of the year. Entergy Nuclear Operations, which filed in April for a license amendment to eliminate the zone … 1

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? … 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 … 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 … 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