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Vermont Yankee

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 this year, Mullin is planning to update his report on the shuttered Rowe plant’s effect on the area’s economy, and a newly created Institute for Nuclear Host Communities is documenting how the Vernon, Vt., plant’s closing could impact the entire region. Mullin, director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Economic Development, … 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

2nd spent-fuel pad sought at Vermont Yankee plant

Monday, June 30, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The energy company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has asked for permission to build a second concrete pad on which to store spent-fuel casks after the plant closes at the end of the year. New Orleans-based Entergy announced in August it would shutter the nuclear plant after 41 years. On Monday, Entergy submitted a petition to the Vermont … 0

Anti-nuke community celebrates

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There were voices of celebration Tuesday from those who have fought for the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant for decades — particularly those who have fought the plant under the recent decade of ownership by Louisiana-based … 0

Power officials says shutdown won’t affect power supply

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The future closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant likely won’t have a major impact on electricity supplies in western Massachusetts, officials said Tuesday. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, that serves more than 200,000 customers in the western part of the state, has … 0

Entergy to close Vt. Yankee  in 2014

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — Saying the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant isn’t profitable enough in the current energy economy, its owners announced Tuesday they are shutting down the embattled reactor. New Orleans based Entergy Corp. said it was closing … 0

Entergy Corp’s statement

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the official statement released by Entergy Corp. about its plans to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation today said it plans to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt. The station is expected … 0

Yankee workers highly trained, mobile

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The mood was fine at Vermont Yankee until about 8:30 Tuesday morning. That’s when Francis Ryan of Colrain, and his workers, along with the rest of the 630 people employed at the nuclear power plant, were told that the facility would close next year. “There … 0

Vermont Yankee Timeline

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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

Neighboring Mass. towns see plant’s closing as good news

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Officials from towns nearest the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant greeted news of Entergy Corp.’s decision to close the 41-year-old reactor with pleasure and reservations. Entergy announced plans to decommission the plant beginning in late 2014, citing the energy economy. “I’m extremely excited about that, but the work isn’t … 0

Yankee Rowe closing took  15 years, $608 million

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ROWE — From 1960 to 1992, the Yankee Atomic Electric Co. nuclear power plant — the third nuclear plant built in the nation — produced about 44 billion kilowatt hours of electricity before its permanent shutdown on Feb. … 0

Vt. Yankee opponents rail against court

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Area anti-nuclear activists, who have been hoping to see the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor shut down for years, say they’re disappointed in a U.S. Appeals Court ruling Wednesday against Vermont’s attempt to shut the plant through legislative action. Their comments came after the affirmation of a lower court-ruling … 0

NRC to look at Entergy finances

Monday, August 12, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will investigate the finances of three nuclear reactors owned by Entergy Nuclear — Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim in Massachusetts and the FitzPatrick reactors in New York — as a result of a petition by four anti-nuclear groups. Deb Katz, executive director of … 1

Mohawk presses NRC to expand evac zone

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BUCKLAND — If a 50-mile evacuation radius was recommended for American citizens in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, why not have the same planning radius for school children living near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant? That’s what the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee wonders. … 0

More radiation monitoring problems found at Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant had two more malfunctions of its radiation monitors on the plant’s refueling floor last week, for a total of four erroneous readings that radiation had exceeded safe standards within the building. Darren Springer, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public … 0