Vermont Yankee

NRC: Spent fuel can be stored indefinitely at decommisioned plants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants, according to a NRC press release. The NRC says it will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective. According to the release, “the commission’s action signals the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the … 0

Anti-nukers, congressmen fret over Entergy finances, requested subsidies

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently reopened a year-old petition from anti-nuclear groups concerned about Entergy Corp.’s financial ability to safely operate its nuclear plants, including Vermont Yankee. The original petition, filed before Entergy announced plans to shut the 620-megawatt Vernon, Vt., reactor at the end of 2014 for economic reasons, had called for … 0

Feds talk about Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp. The Associated … 0

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

Court: Tax on Vermont Yankee might be OK

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in Manhattan said Tuesday that the legality of a tax on Vermont’s only nuclear plant is best left up to a state court. But it rejected some of the plant operator’s arguments against the tax anyway. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court … 0

Group takes dim view of Entergy, Vermont talks

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A nuclear watchdog group is expressing concern that its allies could be cut out of a deal between Entergy and Vermont on the future of the state’s lone nuclear plant. Top state officials and Entergy have been in talks toward an agreement on decommissioning Vermont … 0

Letter: Our false assumptions

Monday, November 25, 2013

Entergy implicitly reminded us of our false assumptions about SAFSTOR of Vermont Yankee during the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel’s Nov. 14 public hearing at Vernon. Entergy owns the site and can keep it. The security perimeter around nuclear fuel in dry casks may leave no reusable land. … 2

Yankee Atomic owners win $73M over nuke fuel

Friday, November 15, 2013

For the second time this year, owners of the former Yankee Atomic plant in Rowe have gotten the thumbs up to receive damages for the federal government’s failure to take possession of high-level radioactive waste stored there. Yankee Atomic Electric Co., which decommissioned its 185-megawatt reactor after shutting … 0

Entergy: Decommissioning may not take 60 years

Friday, November 15, 2013

VERNON — Decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant may not take the full 60 years Entergy Nuclear is allowed under federal law, a top Entergy executive says. Yankee’s pending shutdown and decommissioning — and the plant’s recent problems … 0

Nuke plant’s demise ‘muddies waters’ for hydro projects’ relicensing

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One of the more surprising effects of Vermont Yankee’s announced permanent shutdown late next year could be on the relicensing of the Turners Falls, Northfield Mountain and Vernon hydroelectric projects. “We didn’t see this one coming,” said Andrea Donlon, river steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which … 0

Vt. Yankee discovers flood seals are missing

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — For the third time in 18 months, inspectors have uncovered missing flood seals at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, a problem which could compromise the plant’s ability to operate electrical safety systems. Inspecting for flood seals has been a Nuclear Regulatory Commission priority since the nuclear … 0