Vermont Yankee
The Vermont Yankee power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant closed on Dec. 29, 2014, and parent company Entergy has applied to use $6.6 million of its decommissioning fund to pay taxes.
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Nuke plant says cleanup $5M under budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is $5 million under budget in its decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Nuclear officials said last week. But Christopher Wamser, site vice president for the Vermont Yankee plant, declined to say how Entergy was reaching those savings and exactly how much has been spent. And company officials again said it was under no obligation to … 0

Nuke plant sounds final sirens today

Friday, November 6, 2015

Today’s noontime siren blast is expected to be the last for towns within the 10-mile emergency planning zone for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State and local public safety agencies will conduct the final monthly sounding of all 37 sirens within 10 miles of the Vernon, Vt. plant. The full three-minute siren test is conducted by Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public … 0

Should states fight Entergy’s dip into Vt. Yankee decommissioning fund?

Monday, November 2, 2015

MONTPELIER — Multiple state agencies are meeting this week to decide whether to fight Entergy Nuclear’s plan to dip into the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for business expenses, including a recently updated property tax bill from the state for $1.2 million. Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, said earlier … 0

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

Anti-nuke group sets talk on Vt. Yankee shutdown

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Citizens Awareness Network and the Safe and Green Campaign of Brattleboro, Vt., will host a forum and panel discussion regarding concerns over the closure and cleanup of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The event will be on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Marlboro College, 28 Vernon … 0

Vt. Yankee emergency plans still in place

Friday, January 30, 2015

VERNON, VT — Although Vermont Yankee shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its workforce, emergency plans and security measures remain in place full-force. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Earlier this month, its workforce was cut from 528 … 1

NRC vows nuke plant cleanup will be paid for

Friday, January 30, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tried to reassure residents that in 60 years there will be a company to pay for the cleanup of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Bruce Watson, an official with the … 0

Vt. Yankee: Assemblies moved to spent fuel pool

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The first big step toward decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been completed, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 368 fuel assemblies in the reactor core — the source of the 620 megawatts of … 0

Comments on nuke plant decommissioning report?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning report for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and is planning a Feb. 19 public hearing to discuss the document, which estimates the cost of decommssioning the Vernon reactor. Entergy filed its Post-Shutdown … 0

Nuclear Fission: What does removal of power plant have in store for local economies?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In towns like Rowe and Vernon, Vt., where a nuclear power plant with its highly paid workforce can serve as an “economic mask” that shields the rural community from workplace losses, the permanent shutdown of the reactor can be like removing the mask, revealing the true condition of … 0

A closing celebration

Sunday, January 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station’s days of generating energy ended last week, members of the various grass-roots groups that have spent decades fighting to have it closed spent Saturday night putting out some energy … 0

Vt. Yankee Nuclear Power Station timeline

Monday, December 29, 2014

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

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