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Vermont Yankee
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Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant was shut down Dec. 29, 2014 and is in the early stages of the decades-long decommissioning.

Court rejects Vt. challenge to NRC’s use of nuke plant decommisioning fund

Thursday, February 11, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — A federal appeals court has told the Shumlin administration that its challenge of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff decision over the use of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund is “incurably premature.” In a decision dated Monday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals said that the state of Vermont was free to refile the challenge once … 0

Radioactive water disposal a lingering issue at Vt. Yankee

Friday, February 5, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has collected 90,000 gallons of water contaminated with radioactivity from the basement of the Vermont Yankee turbine building, and is considering its options — including discharging it into the Connecticut River. The radioactivity in the water is at a very low level, said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He said the water did not pose … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan … 0

Vermont Yankee won’t promise to pay if nuclear waste pads need to be moved

Thursday, February 4, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear officials refused to give a financial promise that it would cover any additional costs if its choice of location for a new spent fuel pad creates costly problems during Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning. The decision, which could have ramifications into the millions of dollars, … 0

Vermont pushes for pollution monitoring at nuke plant site

Monday, February 1, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — There’s likely going to be a power struggle between Vermont and Entergy Nuclear over whether groundwater monitoring for pollution and radiological contamination continues at the site of the former Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant after April. Entergy funding for the state’s groundwater monitoring program is … 0

Entergy withdraws about 10% of decommissioning trust fund

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear has withdrawn a little more than 10 percent of Vermont Yankee’s $665 million decommissioning trust fund in the first year of decommissioning. Joseph Lynch, an Entergy Nuclear spokesman, said the decommissioning effort was ahead of schedule and ahead of its budget. Lynch had said … 0

Deadline near to join Vt. Yankee challenge

Sunday, January 10, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given Massachusetts and two neighboring states more time to make the case about why they should be allowed to join Vermont and its largest electric company in challenging how Entergy Nuclear is spending the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. The … 1

Things far from quiet for nuke plant despite spending the year shuttered

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down three days before 2015 started, and the shutdown and its long-lasting effects dominated lots of news in and around southern Vermont. The Vernon reactor is not expected … 0

Vt. Yankee plans to speed move of waste to dry casks

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

VERNON, Vt. – Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee announced today that it plans to begin transferring spent nuclear fuel from its storage pool to dry casks starting in 2017, two years earlier than originally planned. In announcing the change, … 0

Vermont Yankee gets OK to nix emergency plan zone

Monday, December 14, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The 10­-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be a thing of the past next April. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Entergy Nuclear’s request Thursday for an exemption from federal … 0

Nuclear waste site too close to plant for decommissioning?

Monday, December 14, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Is the high-level radioactive fuel storage facility and its proposed expansion so close to the Vermont Yankee reactor building that it will be in the way of decommissioning and have to be moved at great … 0

Nuke plant says cleanup $5M under budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is $5 million under budget in its decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Nuclear officials said last week. But Christopher Wamser, site vice president for the Vermont Yankee plant, declined to say how Entergy … 0

Nuke plant sounds final sirens today

Friday, November 6, 2015

Today’s noontime siren blast is expected to be the last for towns within the 10-mile emergency planning zone for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State and local public safety agencies will conduct the final monthly sounding of all 37 sirens within 10 miles of the Vernon, Vt. plant. … 0

Should states fight Entergy’s dip into Vt. Yankee decommissioning fund?

Monday, November 2, 2015

MONTPELIER — Multiple state agencies are meeting this week to decide whether to fight Entergy Nuclear’s plan to dip into the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for business expenses, including a recently updated property tax bill from the … 0

License amendments on NRC conference agenda

Sunday, October 25, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state’s public service commissioner will be meeting with officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week to discuss the state’s concerns about the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Chris Recchia said he would be in the Washington, D.C. area for a conference of state nuclear … 0