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Vt., Entergy clash on emergency planning fallout

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont and Entergy Nuclear are at loggerheads over how much emergency planning and environmental testing is needed starting next year — and how much money Entergy should continue to pay for it. Entergy wants to reduce the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone surrounding Vermont Yankee starting in April, arguing that after the radioactive fuel cools next year to a safer level, danger outside the plant boundaries will be … 0

VY evacuation zone likely to shrink

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has again rejected arguments by Vermont’s governor in efforts to keep the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant intact until the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is moved to safer storage. The decision by the commission staff in its environmental assessment found … 0

Entergy, regional commission clash over site of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Windham Regional Commission thinks there could be a better location at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s 127-acre site in Vernon for the long-term storage of the shuttered reactor’s thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. The commission has taken that controversial stand, bucking both Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration in front of the quasi-judicial Public Service Board, … 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

Entergy defends halting emergency planning after Vt. Yankee shutdown

Monday, November 3, 2014

VERNON — Officials from Entergy Nuclear defended their request to federal regulators to drop much of their emergency planning efforts once Vermont Yankee ceases generating electricity, saying the staffing would cost the plant’s decommissioning trust fund $100 million … 0