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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

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

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