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Vermont Yankee

Entergy files to do away with 10-mile emergency zone

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, Entergy Nuclear Operations Site Vice President Christopher J. Wamser wrote in the company’s formal request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for exemption. “ENO has performed an analysis which shows that, within 15.4 months after shutdown, the spent fuel stored in the spent … 0

Nuke plant’s river discharge issue heats up anew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONTPELIER — The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced last week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit for Vermont Yankee’s continuing warm water discharge into the Connecticut River. Entergy wants permission to … 0

Conference considers economic fallout from shut nuke plant

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund. That was a suggestion made Wednesday during a conference on how to cope with the socio-economic fallout from the upcoming closure … 0

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

More radiation monitoring problems found at Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant had two more malfunctions of its radiation monitors on the plant’s refueling floor last week, for a total of four erroneous readings that radiation had exceeded safe standards within the building. Darren Springer, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public … 0

Entergy: Radiation monitors did their job

Monday, July 29, 2013

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration wants more information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about what it called the failure of radiation monitors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. But Entergy Nuclear, owner of Vermont Yankee, said Saturday that while the monitors were not reporting properly, they still performed … 0

Vt. Yankee’s effects on Conn. River at issue

Friday, June 28, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — State utility regulators heard conflicting evidence this week about Vermont Yankee’s impact on the Connecticut River. The three-person Public Service Board is reviewing Entergy’s request to operate Vermont Yankee until 2032. A key issue is Yankee’s impact on the environment and whether hot water released … 0

NRC: Fuel pools like Yankee’s quake proof

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that spent fuel pools like the one at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant can withstand severe earthquakes without breaching. The draft report from the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research is one of the post-Fukushima evaluations the NRC … 0

Entergy sues Vermont over Vernon plant’s diesel generator permit

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has again sued the state of Vermont, this time over the delayed permit for construction of a backup power diesel generator. The state Public Service Board has refused to authorize construction of the so-called station blackout diesel generator, and has treated Entergy’s petition … 0

NRC hears concerns about oversight of Vt. Yankee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was both praised and condemned this week by local residents for its oversight of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. At the plant’s annual assessment meeting, Yankee was described as meeting all of the safety requirements established by the NRC, but … 0

Vt. blasts NRC for response to VY mishap

Thursday, April 25, 2013

MONTPELIER — Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said he received “a nice letter” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about concerns he raised last month about incidents at Vermont Yankee during its recent refueling outage, but the letter didn’t answer his concerns. “It’s a nice letter, but I guess … 0

Fund shortfalls lead to NRC credit requirement

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear will again be required to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a letter of credit of $40 million because of shortfalls in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund. NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said that the $40 million financial guarantee was a preliminary figure and it was … 0

Finances, panel blow-out  at Vt. Yankee raise concerns

Friday, March 22, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — Changes in the energy marketplace have forced Entergy Nuclear, the company says, to write down the value of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant from $517 million to $162 million, prompting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ask for … 0

Entergy exec tells state to ignore past problems

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A top executive with Entergy Nuclear tried to convince a skeptical Public Service Board last week that problems at the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon during the 10 years of Entergy ownership were not relevant to whether the state should allow the plant to run … 0

Vt. Yankee protesters pay fine, then protest again

Friday, February 1, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Anti-nuclear protesters paid more than $3,264 in fines this week — donated by a Northampton Quaker group and others — then held a noontime rally protesting the continued operation of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. … 0