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NRC: Spent fuel can be stored indefinitely at decommisioned plants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants, according to a NRC press release. The NRC says it will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective. According to the release, “the commission’s action signals the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the … 0

Anti-nukers, congressmen fret over Entergy finances, requested subsidies

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently reopened a year-old petition from anti-nuclear groups concerned about Entergy Corp.’s financial ability to safely operate its nuclear plants, including Vermont Yankee. The original petition, filed before Entergy announced plans to shut the 620-megawatt Vernon, Vt., reactor at the end of 2014 for economic reasons, had called for … 0

Feds talk about Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp. The Associated … 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

Entergy files with state for amended certificate

Thursday, August 29, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has wasted no time in quickly filing an amended petition with the Public Service Board seeking to operate Vermont Yankee until Dec. 31, 2014. Entergy currently has an already amended petition pending before the Public Service Board, which is expected to make a … 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