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Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? The man is Anthony Leshinskie, Vermont’s new nuclear engineer and decommissioning coordinator. Leshinskie, 51, has been on the job a little over … 0

How do we prevent economic meltdown?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It’s been 17 years since UMass economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont Yankee plant shutting down at the end of … 0

Vt. Yankee asked to monitor river warming with samples

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing its release of cooling water into the Connecticut River. The draft permit, replacing a discharge permit … 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

Entergy adds to suit against Vt.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear wants another $790,000 in attorney’s fees on top of its earlier claim of $4.6 million from the state of Vermont over the energy company’s fight with the state over the future operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. In filings last Thursday, attorneys … 0

River council seeks end to warm nuke water

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — A state license for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to operate for another year until its permanent shutdown might seem of little importance, but the Connecticut River Watershed Council is urging Vermont’s Public Service Board … 0

Vermont seeks $60 million fund  for Entergy plant to keep running

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Service said Entergy Nuclear has not been a trusted partner to the state of Vermont, but in filings last week it said Entergy should be allowed to operate the Vermont Yankee reactor until the end of 2014 to facilitate a smooth shutdown. … 0

Vt. board calls for quick nuke dismantlement

Sunday, October 27, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A panel that advises Vermont state policy makers on activities at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants the plant to be dismantled promptly after it stops operating next year. In a meeting Wednesday, the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel urged that state officials push … 0

Vt. Yankee called upon to change storage of radioactive waste

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two authors of a 2003 report that found that densely packed spent fuel pools like the one at Vermont Yankee create a heightened fire danger and the risk of a catastrophic release of radioactivity are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to speed up transfer of the plant’s … 0