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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 becomes effective. According to the release, “the commission’s action signals the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the … 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 620-megawatt Vernon, Vt., reactor at the end of 2014 for economic reasons, had called for … 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 Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp. The Associated … 0

Official: Vermont Yankee nuke plant had small radioactive leak; no danger

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant had a small leak of radioactive steam last week but it was contained and the public was not in danger, a plant spokesman said. The leak was discovered by a worker doing maintenance on a pipe, Vermont Yankee spokesman … 0

Entergy files to do away with 10-mile emergency zone

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions … 0

Nuke plant’s river discharge issue heats up anew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONTPELIER — The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced last week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit … 0

Conference considers economic fallout from shut nuke plant

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund. That was a suggestion made Wednesday … 0

Vt. board allows nuke plant operation through ’14

Friday, March 28, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Sternly scolding Entergy Corp. for “bad conduct” during its 12 years of owning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, Vermont regulators on Friday approved the plant’s operation through the end of 2014, when it is closing for economic reasons. The Public Service Board made clear in … 0

Vt. Yankee closing details loom large for region

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With the Vermont Public Service Board due to decide in a few days on terms of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continuing to operate until year’s end, a nuclear expert expressed concern this week on the terms of an agreement negotiated by the state’s governor and … 0

NRC: Vermont Yankee security officials violated procedures

Sunday, March 23, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Federal regulators say security officials at the Vermont Yankee plant violated Entergy Nuclear’s safety procedures last November in how they dealt with a suspected pipe bomb. The item turned out to be a discarded pump, said Neil Sheehan, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. An … 0

Deadline approaching for decision on Vt. Yankee

Friday, March 21, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont utility regulators have until March 31 to decide whether to approve a tentative agreement between Entergy Vermont Yankee and the Gov. Peter Shumlin Administration. The pact calls for Entergy to pay $10 million to help with economic recovery after Vermont Yankee closes later this … 0

Only ‘baseline’ checks planned at Vt. nuke

Friday, March 7, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Federal inspections have turned up only minor problems in the past year at Vermont Yankee, so the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week it plans only “baseline” inspections at the Vernon reactor until it shuts down in December. The NRC issued its annual assessment letter for … 0

NRC audit faults VY’s flood-prevention actions

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — An audit conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of Vermont Yankee’s post-Fukushima flood prevention measures has found Entergy Nuclear’s effort lacking. In a report released recently, the NRC said there were several instances of Entergy not … 0

NRC not ready to grant planning exemption to Vt. Yankee

Friday, February 7, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Saying Entergy Corp. “is under no legal obligation” to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Entergy for additional information before granting its request that it be exempted from costly studies and safety improvements. “While the NRC staff fully … 0

County planners call for early Vt. Yankee decommissioning

Friday, January 24, 2014

Franklin County has added its official collective voice to those calling for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant sooner rather than later. The executive committees of the Franklin Regional Planning Board and of the Franklin Regional Council … 3