Vermont Yankee
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Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant was shut down Dec. 29, 2014 and is in the early stages of the decades-long decommissioning.

Court rejects Vt. challenge to NRC’s use of nuke plant decommisioning fund

Thursday, February 11, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — A federal appeals court has told the Shumlin administration that its challenge of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff decision over the use of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund is “incurably premature.” In a decision dated Monday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals said that the state of Vermont was free to refile the challenge once … 0

Radioactive water disposal a lingering issue at Vt. Yankee

Friday, February 5, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has collected 90,000 gallons of water contaminated with radioactivity from the basement of the Vermont Yankee turbine building, and is considering its options — including discharging it into the Connecticut River. The radioactivity in the water is at a very low level, said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He said the water did not pose … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan … 0

Vt. Yankee advisory panel to hold forum on April 14

Monday, March 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Citizens Advisory Panel on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Decommissioning has held five meetings since last October and two sessions since the Vernon, Vt., reactor ceased operations at the end of December. Now, its only Massachusetts … 1

Entergy called out on trust fund expenditures

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put Entergy Nuclear on notice that it doesn’t like corporate plans to use the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for several big­-ticket expenses. The two sides held a telephone meeting Monday to discuss Entergy’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, which includes the … 0

Entergy dips into trust fund for Vt. Yankee cleanup plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear took $12 million out of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund last month to pay for its ongoing planning for the future cleanup and dismantling of the nuclear plant. Last week Entergy filed notice … 0

Entergy still tight-lipped on Vt. Yankee emergency plan

Monday, March 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee site vice president refused to answer questions last week about Entergy Nuclear’s plan to sharply reduce the emergency planning zone around the closed reactor. This followed a promise made about 30 minutes earlier by Entergy to be “transparent” on the decommissioning process. … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in … 0

Vt. pushing back against Entergy’s moves toward emergency planning reduction

Monday, February 23, 2015

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration is continuing its fight to keep Entergy Nuclear from further reducing emergency planning at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until all the spent nuclear fuel is transferred to permanent storage. Vermont’s Department of … 0

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Strontium-90 has been found at only one other shut down nuclear power plant, and its cleanup added millions of dollars to the ultimate cleanup costs, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week. But the officials said there was no immediate need for the … 2

Nuke plant shutdown plans to be aired at Thursday meeting

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Decommissioning plans for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be aired at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. The meeting will review the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report, which guides plans for decommissioning the 42-year-old Vernon … 0

NRC files final inspection report for Vt. Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The day after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down for good, water levels in the reactor core were lower than plant workers realized because of faulty calculations, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported. … 0

Isotope find renews focus on Vt. Yankee wells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Recent test results showing strontium-90 in four monitoring wells at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant have renewed a five-year-old debate about whether to clean up the radioactive isotope now or wait 50 years. Arnie Gundersen … 0

Greenfield Town Council to NRC: Maintain emergency planning

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has sent a resolution to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking it require the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to continue emergency planning zone coverage of 10 miles and notification of 15 minutes to surrounding towns, if there’s ever a problem, until its spent fuel … 1

Strontium-90 detected in Vt. Yankee well water

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Vernon, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Health announced this week that routine testing of groundwater wells at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant site had turned up signs of the radioactive isotope strontium-90 for the first time. … 0