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Vermont Yankee
FILE - In this Dec.1985 file photo, workers perform maintenance on the reactor vessel at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt.  Vermont's only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of 2014, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Vt. Yankee: Assemblies moved to spent fuel pool

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The first big step toward decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been completed, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 368 fuel assemblies in the reactor core — the source of the 620 megawatts of power the plant produced annually — have been transferred to the nearby spent fuel pool, which is on the top floor of the five-story reactor building. The spent fuel pool now contains a total of 2,995 fuel assemblies, plus one fuel debris canister, said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. The NRC received a certified, sworn notice from Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President Christopher Wamser Monday morning that … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke owner says fuel removed from reactor

Monday, January 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says the fuel has been removed from the reactor and placed in the spent fuel pool. The information was contained in a letter dated Friday from Entergy Nuclear Operations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Vermont Yankee ceased operations on Dec. 29 after more than 42 years of producing electricity. The fuel … 0

Comments on nuke plant decommissioning report?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning report for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and is planning a Feb. 19 public hearing to discuss the document, which estimates the cost of decommssioning the Vernon reactor. Entergy filed its Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report, or PSDAR, with the NRC on Dec. 19 and permanently shut down … 0

Vt. fights Entergy’s bid to pull plug on emergency response data system

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration will have to wait until next month before it can make its case why Entergy Nuclear should not be allowed to severely cut back emergency planning and communication once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor shuts down in December. In a hearing before … 0

NRC nixes nuke plant’s changes to crane controls

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have stopped Entergy Nuclear from making changes in the electrical controls of the heavy-duty crane that handles high-level radioactive fuel at the Vermont Yankee reactor. The next-to-last quarterly safety inspection at Vermont Yankee has turned up three low-level safety violations, … 0

Entergy defends halting emergency planning after Vt. Yankee shutdown

Monday, November 3, 2014

VERNON — Officials from Entergy Nuclear defended their request to federal regulators to drop much of their emergency planning efforts once Vermont Yankee ceases generating electricity, saying the staffing would cost the plant’s decommissioning trust fund $100 million … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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