Vermont Yankee

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 plan on how and where to expand … 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

Entergy withdraws about 10% of decommissioning trust fund

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear has withdrawn a little more than 10 percent of Vermont Yankee’s $665 million decommissioning trust fund in the first year of decommissioning. Joseph Lynch, an Entergy Nuclear spokesman, said the decommissioning effort was ahead of schedule and ahead of its budget. Lynch had said late last year the effort was $5 million below budget. Lynch said the fund at … 0

Vt. seeks to challenge NRC ruling on nuclear plant’s waste funds

Monday, June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service is talking to other states about a possible court challenge to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent rulings regarding the use of a nuclear power plant’s decommissioning trust funds for fuel management. Christopher Recchia said Friday that … 0

Board rejects Vt.’s appeal on nuke plant emergency planning exemption

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board … 0

The worst-case scenario: Vermont Yankee nuke plant stages terrorist attack drill

Monday, May 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Vermont Yankee nuclear power station might be shut down, but emergency planners from three states spent one day last week planning for many people’s worst nightmare — a terrorist attack on the nuclear plant, with … 0

NRC: ‘No significant impact’ to environment from eliminating Vt. Yankee evacuation zone

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled there is “no significant impact” to the environment from Entergy Nuclear’s plans to eliminate the emergency evacuation zone next year at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The finding was contained … 1

Markey presses bills calling for nuke plant safety

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth contains nearly four times more radioactive waste than it was originally designed to hold, according to Sen. Edward Markey, who joined colleagues from California and Vermont Wednesday to reintroduce bills calling for increased safety at U.S. nuclear … 0

Residents air concerns on Vt. Yankee planning

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More than 50 people turned out Tuesday night for a 2-hour long informational forum on Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant’s decommissioning process, with Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Government Affairs Manager Joseph Lynch fielding questions and in some cases angry … 0

Vt.Yankee public forum set for Tuesday at 6:30

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, has scheduled an “informational forum” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s Downtown Center, to offer a presentation on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s decommissioning process and the end of the plant’s 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, as well as to answer … 0

Vt. continues fighting for emergency planning

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vermont continued its fight to force Entergy Nuclear to continue emergency planning in towns surrounding Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until the plant’s spent but still highly radioactive nuclear fuel is transferred to a passive, air-­cooled system. Attorney … 0

Entergy funds raise concern over radiological monitoring

Monday, March 30, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont could lose its long-term radiological monitoring by next year because of lack of funding by Entergy Nuclear, the radiological health chief for the state said last week. William Irwin told the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel that the Department of Health had started … 0

Vt. Yankee advisory panel to hold forum on April 14

Monday, March 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Citizens Advisory Panel on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Decommissioning has held five meetings since last October and two sessions since the Vernon, Vt., reactor ceased operations at the end of December. Now, its only Massachusetts … 1

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 … 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 … 0