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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 a health or safety threat to the … 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, continued to be debated Wednesday as a group concerned citizens debated whether to endorse Entergy’s … 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 set to expire in April, and federal requirements for emergency planning outside the Vermont Yankee … 0

Vt. Yankee must notify state of decommissioning fund withdrawals

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The State of Vermont has gained some leverage in its efforts to monitor Entergy Nuclear’s withdrawals from the $600 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. Entergy will have to continue to notify federal regulators and, … 0

Vt. Yankee ordered to pay $2.5M more in taxes

Thursday, October 15, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Taxes, saying Vermont Yankee’s exemption from the statewide education property tax expired when it stopped generating power last year, has directed the town of Vernon to send owner Entergy Nuclear a … 0

NRC nixes Vt. Yankee emergency notification link

Sunday, October 11, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a request from the Shumlin administration to keep a little-known direct emergency notification computer link working at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. On a unanimous vote, the NRC rejected a request from the state of Vermont to keep … 0

Nuclear waste site could close before Vermont Yankee decommissions

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal permit for the west Texas facility that is supposed to take most of the low-level radioactive waste from the demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant expires 20 years before Yankee is … 0

Vt., Entergy clash on emergency planning fallout

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont and Entergy Nuclear are at loggerheads over how much emergency planning and environmental testing is needed starting next year — and how much money Entergy should continue to pay for it. Entergy wants to reduce the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone surrounding Vermont Yankee starting … 0

VY evacuation zone likely to shrink

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has again rejected arguments by Vermont’s governor in efforts to keep the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant intact until the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is … 0

Entergy, regional commission clash over site of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Windham Regional Commission thinks there could be a better location at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s 127-acre site in Vernon for the long-term storage of the shuttered reactor’s thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. The commission has taken that controversial stand, bucking … 0

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s … 0

Vt. Yankee decommissioning challenged by state

Friday, July 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don’t always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. … 0

Vermont retools distribution of $10M from Entergy economic recovery fund

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Shumlin administration is changing the way the $10 million in economic development money from Entergy Nuclear is going to be handed out. Patricia Moulton, secretary of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said … 0

Tri-state approach aims to fill hole in economy

Sunday, July 19, 2015

As it shed hundreds of high-paying jobs, the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has also given rise to a coordinated effort across a three-county region separated by state lines to shore up an economy that’s … 0

Vt. town, groups given voice in Vermont Yankee nuclear waste storage decision

Friday, July 10, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Vermont’s Public Service Board this week granted intervenor status to the New England Coalition, the New England Regional Commission and the Town of Vernon in Entergy Corp.’s plans to build a second Vermont Yankee dry cask waste storage pad. The nuclear plant’s owners hope to … 0