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The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt., will begin shutting down in 2014.

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 compared the “coastdown” of the Vernon nuclear reactor as when someone starts putting on the brakes on his car in anticipating of … 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 spokesman for the owner of Vermont Yankee, which is slated to shut down in late … 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 months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which … 0

Vermont Yankee gets good last review from NRC

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is giving the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant positive reviews for its performance last year. Bill Dean, the agency’s Northeast regional administrator, is in Brattleboro for meetings Tuesday and today and tells The Associated Press that while there were some issues … 0

NRC meeting set for Brattleboro high school Wednesday

Friday, May 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss its annual review of safety performance at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The 6:30 p.m. meeting in Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium, will include a brief presentation on the decommissioning process followed by a … 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