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Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the NRC staff made 35 detailed requests for additional information from Entergy to justify its request, with the NRC staff raising questions about … 0

Vt. Yankee siren test set for noon Saturday

Monday, October 27, 2014

VERNON — On Saturday at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible test of the 37 sirens located within Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey and Winchester. In Massachusetts the … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a “site assessment study” drafted by officials at the Vernon plant, which will cease operations at … 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

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