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Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the NRC staff made 35 detailed requests for additional information from Entergy to justify its request, with the NRC staff raising questions about … 0

Vt. Yankee siren test set for noon Saturday

Monday, October 27, 2014

VERNON — On Saturday at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible test of the 37 sirens located within Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey and Winchester. In Massachusetts the … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a “site assessment study” drafted by officials at the Vernon plant, which will cease operations at … 0

Agency OKs Entergy hot water discharge into Conn. River

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Agency of Natural Resources has issued a hot water discharge permit to Entergy Nuclear that allows it to discharge millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River. The permit, which was more than nine years in the making, comes a little … 0

A timeline for Vt. Yankee closing

Monday, September 29, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear should know by the end of next month how much it will cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Michael Twomey, vice president of external affairs for Entergy, told the first … 0

Rep. Paul Mark named to Vt. Yankee decommisioning advisory panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

State. Rep. Paul Mark said he had 36 hours’ notice Tuesday about being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as the Massachusetts representative to the 19-member Vermont Nuclear Decommission-ing Citizens Advisory Panel before its meeting in Brattleboro, Vt. Mark, … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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