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Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the NRC staff made 35 detailed requests for additional information from Entergy to justify its request, with the NRC staff raising questions about … 0

Vt. Yankee siren test set for noon Saturday

Monday, October 27, 2014

VERNON — On Saturday at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible test of the 37 sirens located within Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey and Winchester. In Massachusetts the … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a “site assessment study” drafted by officials at the Vernon plant, which will cease operations at … 0

Vt. Yankee deal could be roadmap for others

Friday, December 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The recent deal to end litigation and provide a path to decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant could also provide a roadmap for other states. The state of Vermont and Entergy have been at odds for years about the continued operation of the plant, … 0

Vt., Entergy make plan to decommission

Monday, December 23, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont and representatives of the state’s closing nuclear plant said Monday they had reached a deal that will provide a path to decommissioning and resolve pending federal lawsuits over the operation of the Vernon facility. In exchange, the state of Vermont will support efforts by … 0

Talks off on Vt. Yankee decommissioning

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration and Entergy Corp. have failed to reach an agreement about the shutdown and decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Despite weeks of talks, the Department of Public Service informed the Public Service Board late last week that while there had been progress … 0

Court: Tax on Vermont Yankee might be OK

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in Manhattan said Tuesday that the legality of a tax on Vermont’s only nuclear plant is best left up to a state court. But it rejected some of the plant operator’s arguments against the tax anyway. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court … 0

Group takes dim view of Entergy, Vermont talks

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A nuclear watchdog group is expressing concern that its allies could be cut out of a deal between Entergy and Vermont on the future of the state’s lone nuclear plant. Top state officials and Entergy have been in talks toward an agreement on decommissioning Vermont … 0

Letter: Our false assumptions

Monday, November 25, 2013

Entergy implicitly reminded us of our false assumptions about SAFSTOR of Vermont Yankee during the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel’s Nov. 14 public hearing at Vernon. Entergy owns the site and can keep it. The security perimeter around nuclear fuel in dry casks may leave no reusable land. … 2

Yankee Atomic owners win $73M over nuke fuel

Friday, November 15, 2013

For the second time this year, owners of the former Yankee Atomic plant in Rowe have gotten the thumbs up to receive damages for the federal government’s failure to take possession of high-level radioactive waste stored there. Yankee Atomic Electric Co., which decommissioned its 185-megawatt reactor after shutting … 0

Entergy: Decommissioning may not take 60 years

Friday, November 15, 2013

VERNON — Decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant may not take the full 60 years Entergy Nuclear is allowed under federal law, a top Entergy executive says. Yankee’s pending shutdown and decommissioning — and the plant’s recent problems … 0

Nuke plant’s demise ‘muddies waters’ for hydro projects’ relicensing

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One of the more surprising effects of Vermont Yankee’s announced permanent shutdown late next year could be on the relicensing of the Turners Falls, Northfield Mountain and Vernon hydroelectric projects. “We didn’t see this one coming,” said Andrea Donlon, river steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which … 0

Vt. Yankee discovers flood seals are missing

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — For the third time in 18 months, inspectors have uncovered missing flood seals at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, a problem which could compromise the plant’s ability to operate electrical safety systems. Inspecting for flood seals has been a Nuclear Regulatory Commission priority since the nuclear … 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