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Radioactive water disposal a lingering issue at Vt. Yankee

Friday, February 5, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has collected 90,000 gallons of water contaminated with radioactivity from the basement of the Vermont Yankee turbine building, and is considering its options — including discharging it into the Connecticut River. The radioactivity in the water is at a very low level, said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He said the water did not pose a health or safety threat to the … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan … 0

Vermont Yankee won’t promise to pay if nuclear waste pads need to be moved

Thursday, February 4, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear officials refused to give a financial promise that it would cover any additional costs if its choice of location for a new spent fuel pad creates costly problems during Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning. The decision, which could have ramifications into the millions of dollars, continued to be debated Wednesday as a group concerned citizens debated whether to endorse Entergy’s … 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

Nuke job losses will hurt

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant shuts down permanently next Tuesday, after 42 years of operation, it will mark more than the loss of a 640-megawatt electricity generating station. With 550 employees earning an average of $105,000, the Vernon plant has also been a significant economic engine for the … 0

Vermont Yankee readies for end of its 42-year run

Thursday, December 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear prepped its last crew of control room operators this week, one of the last steps in getting ready for the permanent shutdown of Vermont Yankee next week. Senior trainer Brian Stewart said the last group of control room operators went through the shutdown procedure … 1