Vermont Yankee

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. With the shutdown of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant about six weeks away, the panel discussed the radiological cleanup of the site, … 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 end of this year, but plant officials made the formal notification to the state Wednesday … 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 for the Vernon site after permanent closure of the reactor at the end of next … 0

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

Vermont seeks $60 million fund  for Entergy plant to keep running

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Service said Entergy Nuclear has not been a trusted partner to the state of Vermont, but in filings last week it said Entergy should be allowed to operate the Vermont Yankee reactor until the end of 2014 to facilitate a smooth shutdown. … 0

Vt. board calls for quick nuke dismantlement

Sunday, October 27, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A panel that advises Vermont state policy makers on activities at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants the plant to be dismantled promptly after it stops operating next year. In a meeting Wednesday, the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel urged that state officials push … 0

Vt. Yankee called upon to change storage of radioactive waste

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two authors of a 2003 report that found that densely packed spent fuel pools like the one at Vermont Yankee create a heightened fire danger and the risk of a catastrophic release of radioactivity are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to speed up transfer of the plant’s … 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