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Vermont Yankee
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Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant was shut down Dec. 29, and is in the early stages of the decades-long decommissioning.

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. And now that the plant is shut down, the state has challenged the federal agency over emergency planning and decommissioning. Now Vermont … 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 the changes, or “reboot,” as she called it, were necessary because of problems encountered last … 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 being hit with the loss of a total of about 1,200 jobs and $90 million … 0

Anti-nuke group sets talk on Vt. Yankee shutdown

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Citizens Awareness Network and the Safe and Green Campaign of Brattleboro, Vt., will host a forum and panel discussion regarding concerns over the closure and cleanup of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The event will be on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Marlboro College, 28 Vernon … 0

Vt. Yankee emergency plans still in place

Friday, January 30, 2015

VERNON, VT — Although Vermont Yankee shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its workforce, emergency plans and security measures remain in place full-force. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Earlier this month, its workforce was cut from 528 … 1

NRC vows nuke plant cleanup will be paid for

Friday, January 30, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tried to reassure residents that in 60 years there will be a company to pay for the cleanup of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Bruce Watson, an official with the … 0

Vt. Yankee: Assemblies moved to spent fuel pool

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The first big step toward decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been completed, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 368 fuel assemblies in the reactor core — the source of the 620 megawatts of … 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