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Entergy, in its request last year to the NRC to drop emergency planning after April 2016, said that after more than 15 months, the spent nuclear fuel will have cooled enough that emergency measures could be reduced.
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Board rejects Vt.’s appeal on nuke plant emergency planning exemption

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected the Shumlin administration’s appeal of an earlier decision which granted Entergy’s request for an exemption from federal requirements and to drop … 0

The worst-case scenario: Vermont Yankee nuke plant stages terrorist attack drill

Monday, May 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Vermont Yankee nuclear power station might be shut down, but emergency planners from three states spent one day last week planning for many people’s worst nightmare — a terrorist attack on the nuclear plant, with a focus on its spent fuel pool. Michael Howe, a nuclear health physicist with the … 0

NRC: ‘No significant impact’ to environment from eliminating Vt. Yankee evacuation zone

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled there is “no significant impact” to the environment from Entergy Nuclear’s plans to eliminate the emergency evacuation zone next year at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The finding was contained in a draft Environmental Assessment issued by the NRC about Entergy’s plans. Once it is … 1

Markey presses bills calling for nuke plant safety

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth contains nearly four times more radioactive waste than it was originally designed to hold, according to Sen. Edward Markey, who joined colleagues from California and Vermont Wednesday to reintroduce bills calling for increased safety at U.S. nuclear … 0

Residents air concerns on Vt. Yankee planning

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More than 50 people turned out Tuesday night for a 2-hour long informational forum on Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant’s decommissioning process, with Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Government Affairs Manager Joseph Lynch fielding questions and in some cases angry … 0

Vt.Yankee public forum set for Tuesday at 6:30

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, has scheduled an “informational forum” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s Downtown Center, to offer a presentation on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s decommissioning process and the end of the plant’s 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, as well as to answer … 0

Vt. continues fighting for emergency planning

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vermont continued its fight to force Entergy Nuclear to continue emergency planning in towns surrounding Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until the plant’s spent but still highly radioactive nuclear fuel is transferred to a passive, air-­cooled system. Attorney … 0

Entergy funds raise concern over radiological monitoring

Monday, March 30, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont could lose its long-term radiological monitoring by next year because of lack of funding by Entergy Nuclear, the radiological health chief for the state said last week. William Irwin told the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel that the Department of Health had started … 0

Vt. Yankee advisory panel to hold forum on April 14

Monday, March 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Citizens Advisory Panel on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Decommissioning has held five meetings since last October and two sessions since the Vernon, Vt., reactor ceased operations at the end of December. Now, its only Massachusetts … 1

Entergy called out on trust fund expenditures

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put Entergy Nuclear on notice that it doesn’t like corporate plans to use the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for several big­-ticket expenses. The two sides held a telephone meeting Monday to discuss Entergy’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, which includes the … 0

Entergy dips into trust fund for Vt. Yankee cleanup plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear took $12 million out of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund last month to pay for its ongoing planning for the future cleanup and dismantling of the nuclear plant. Last week Entergy filed notice … 0

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. … 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 … 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 … 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