Vermont Yankee
FILE - In this Dec.1985 file photo, workers perform maintenance on the reactor vessel at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt.  Vermont's only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of 2014, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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 power the plant produced annually — have been transferred to the nearby spent fuel pool, which is on the top floor of the five-story reactor building. The spent fuel pool now contains a total of 2,995 fuel assemblies, plus one fuel debris canister, said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. The NRC received a certified, sworn notice from Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President Christopher Wamser Monday morning that … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke owner says fuel removed from reactor

Monday, January 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says the fuel has been removed from the reactor and placed in the spent fuel pool. The information was contained in a letter dated Friday from Entergy Nuclear Operations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Vermont Yankee ceased operations on Dec. 29 after more than 42 years of producing electricity. The fuel … 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 Decommissioning Activities Report, or PSDAR, with the NRC on Dec. 19 and permanently shut down … 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

A closing celebration

Sunday, January 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station’s days of generating energy ended last week, members of the various grass-roots groups that have spent decades fighting to have it closed spent Saturday night putting out some energy … 0

Vt. Yankee Nuclear Power Station timeline

Monday, December 29, 2014

March 21, 1972 — Atomic Energy Commission grants operating license to 13-member consortium of New England utilities for 540-megawatt reactor in Vernon, Vt. Nov. 30, 1972 — Vermont Yankee begins operation. 2001 — Vermont Public Service Board requires an auction for sale, after Maryland- and Virginia-based suitors, along … 0

Protesters see long road ahead

Monday, December 29, 2014

It was 12:12 p.m. when operators at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant scrammed the reactor by inserting control rods into the reactor core, ending nearly 43 years and a continuous run of 633 days of operation. There was … 0

Shut down: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station powers down for the last time

Monday, December 29, 2014

VERNON, VT — There was little fanfare, no ceremonial “big switch” to throw, and the lights didn’t even flicker as the 620-Megawatt Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down Monday afternoon. It was a slow, quiet process that … 0

Mixed reaction as Vt. Yankee plant shuts down

Sunday, December 28, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Ellen Merkel says she gets “a little teary-eyed” when she thinks about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sending its last electrons to the regional power grid. She knows it will likely mean moving from her … 0

Nuke job losses will hurt

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant shuts down permanently next Tuesday, after 42 years of operation, it will mark more than the loss of a 640-megawatt electricity generating station. With 550 employees earning an average of $105,000, the Vernon plant has also been a significant economic engine for the … 0

Vermont Yankee readies for end of its 42-year run

Thursday, December 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear prepped its last crew of control room operators this week, one of the last steps in getting ready for the permanent shutdown of Vermont Yankee next week. Senior trainer Brian Stewart said the last group of control room operators went through the shutdown procedure … 1

Vt. Yankee owners seek money to move nuke waste

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Entergy Nuclear told federal regulators Monday it was taking out lines of credit totaling $145 million to help pay for the transfer and storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which will decrease its request to fund the work from the … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VERNON, Vt.— The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would be ceasing operations at the … 1

Plans for Vt. Yankee’s future under review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday . The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans … 0