Vermont Yankee

Entergy called out on trust fund expenditures

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put Entergy Nuclear on notice that it doesn’t like corporate plans to use the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for several big­-ticket expenses. The two sides held a telephone meeting Monday to discuss Entergy’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, which includes the stated intention of using the $660 million fund for Yankee’s property taxes, Entergy Nuclear’s membership dues in the Nuclear Energy Institute, insurance, … 0

Entergy dips into trust fund for Vt. Yankee cleanup plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear took $12 million out of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund last month to pay for its ongoing planning for the future cleanup and dismantling of the nuclear plant. Last week Entergy filed notice it will take out another $6.5 million. Despite the withdrawals, the trust fund remained at $665 million at the end of February, a slight increase … 0

Entergy still tight-lipped on Vt. Yankee emergency plan

Monday, March 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee site vice president refused to answer questions last week about Entergy Nuclear’s plan to sharply reduce the emergency planning zone around the closed reactor. This followed a promise made about 30 minutes earlier by Entergy to be “transparent” on the decommissioning process. The problem, said Chris Wamser, the site vice president, is that the state is fighting … 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 … 0

Nuclear Fission: What does removal of power plant have in store for local economies?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In towns like Rowe and Vernon, Vt., where a nuclear power plant with its highly paid workforce can serve as an “economic mask” that shields the rural community from workplace losses, the permanent shutdown of the reactor can be like removing the mask, revealing the true condition of … 0

A closing celebration

Sunday, January 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station’s days of generating energy ended last week, members of the various grass-roots groups that have spent decades fighting to have it closed spent Saturday night putting out some energy … 0

Vt. Yankee Nuclear Power Station timeline

Monday, December 29, 2014

March 21, 1972 — Atomic Energy Commission grants operating license to 13-member consortium of New England utilities for 540-megawatt reactor in Vernon, Vt. Nov. 30, 1972 — Vermont Yankee begins operation. 2001 — Vermont Public Service Board requires an auction for sale, after Maryland- and Virginia-based suitors, along … 0

Protesters see long road ahead

Monday, December 29, 2014

It was 12:12 p.m. when operators at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant scrammed the reactor by inserting control rods into the reactor core, ending nearly 43 years and a continuous run of 633 days of operation. There was … 0

Shut down: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station powers down for the last time

Monday, December 29, 2014

VERNON, VT — There was little fanfare, no ceremonial “big switch” to throw, and the lights didn’t even flicker as the 620-Megawatt Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down Monday afternoon. It was a slow, quiet process that … 0

Mixed reaction as Vt. Yankee plant shuts down

Sunday, December 28, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Ellen Merkel says she gets “a little teary-eyed” when she thinks about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sending its last electrons to the regional power grid. She knows it will likely mean moving from her … 0

Nuke job losses will hurt

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant shuts down permanently next Tuesday, after 42 years of operation, it will mark more than the loss of a 640-megawatt electricity generating station. With 550 employees earning an average of $105,000, the Vernon plant has also been a significant economic engine for the … 0

Vermont Yankee readies for end of its 42-year run

Thursday, December 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear prepped its last crew of control room operators this week, one of the last steps in getting ready for the permanent shutdown of Vermont Yankee next week. Senior trainer Brian Stewart said the last group of control room operators went through the shutdown procedure … 1

Vt. Yankee owners seek money to move nuke waste

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Entergy Nuclear told federal regulators Monday it was taking out lines of credit totaling $145 million to help pay for the transfer and storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which will decrease its request to fund the work from the … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VERNON, Vt.— The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would be ceasing operations at the … 1