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Entergy, in its request last year to the NRC to drop emergency planning after April 2016, said that after more than 15 months, the spent nuclear fuel will have cooled enough that emergency measures could be reduced.
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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 rejected the Shumlin administration’s appeal of an earlier decision which granted Entergy’s request for an exemption from federal requirements and to drop … 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 a focus on its spent fuel pool. Michael Howe, a nuclear health physicist with the … 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 in a draft Environmental Assessment issued by the NRC about Entergy’s plans. Once it is … 1

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

Vermont Yankee readies for end of its 42-year run

Thursday, December 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear prepped its last crew of control room operators this week, one of the last steps in getting ready for the permanent shutdown of Vermont Yankee next week. Senior trainer Brian Stewart said the last group of control room operators went through the shutdown procedure … 1

Vt. Yankee owners seek money to move nuke waste

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Entergy Nuclear told federal regulators Monday it was taking out lines of credit totaling $145 million to help pay for the transfer and storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which will decrease its request to fund the work from the … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VERNON, Vt.— The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would be ceasing operations at the … 1

Plans for Vt. Yankee’s future under review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday . The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans … 0

Vt. fights Entergy’s bid to pull plug on emergency response data system

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration will have to wait until next month before it can make its case why Entergy Nuclear should not be allowed to severely cut back emergency planning and communication once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor shuts down in December. In a hearing before … 0

NRC nixes nuke plant’s changes to crane controls

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have stopped Entergy Nuclear from making changes in the electrical controls of the heavy-duty crane that handles high-level radioactive fuel at the Vermont Yankee reactor. The next-to-last quarterly safety inspection at Vermont Yankee has turned up three low-level safety violations, … 0