Vermont Yankee

Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? The man is Anthony Leshinskie, Vermont’s new nuclear engineer and decommissioning coordinator. Leshinskie, 51, has been on the job a little over … 0

How do we prevent economic meltdown?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It’s been 17 years since UMass economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont Yankee plant shutting down at the end of … 0

Vt. Yankee asked to monitor river warming with samples

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing its release of cooling water into the Connecticut River. The draft permit, replacing a discharge permit … 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

Vt. Yankee decommissioning should begin soon, nuke plant critic says

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — As Vermont’s Public Service Board wrestles with whether to grant a Certificate of Public Good to Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s remaining 11 months of operation, taking into account a pending agreement with the state on decommissioning, it’s looking at terms of decommissioning. Many testifying … 1

Keeping Entergy on the radar, residents scrutinize closure deal

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The agreement announced last month between the State of Vermont and Entergy, which owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, is hardly a done deal. That much was made clear by a state Public Service … 0

Vt. Yankee deal could be roadmap for others

Friday, December 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The recent deal to end litigation and provide a path to decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant could also provide a roadmap for other states. The state of Vermont and Entergy have been at odds for years about the continued operation of the plant, … 0

Vt., Entergy make plan to decommission

Monday, December 23, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont and representatives of the state’s closing nuclear plant said Monday they had reached a deal that will provide a path to decommissioning and resolve pending federal lawsuits over the operation of the Vernon facility. In exchange, the state of Vermont will support efforts by … 0

Talks off on Vt. Yankee decommissioning

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration and Entergy Corp. have failed to reach an agreement about the shutdown and decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Despite weeks of talks, the Department of Public Service informed the Public Service Board late last week that while there had been progress … 0