Vermont Yankee

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 months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which had fought in the courts for years … 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 the Senate, and House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, will join two top executives from Entergy … 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 becomes effective. According to the release, “the commission’s action signals the end of a two-year … 0

Vt. Yankee moving forward with storage plan

Friday, May 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy has announced it is taking the first steps toward moving its spent fuel to dry-cask storage at the Vermont Yankee site by 2021, with plans to file with the state to build a second concrete pad. The announcement of the filing by June 30 … 0

Entergy sues federal Dept. of Energy over waste storage

Friday, May 2, 2014

Entergy Nuclear has again filed suit against the federal Department of Energy, seeking $88 million it has already spent on handling and storing its high-level radioactive waste at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, … 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