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The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt., will begin shutting down in 2014.

Vermont Yankee begins to power down

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear announced Tuesday that Vermont Yankee was starting its “coastdown” to shutdown later this year. “Starting now, you’ll see a gradual decrease until the end of the year,” said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. Cohn compared the “coastdown” of the Vernon nuclear reactor as when someone starts putting on the brakes on his car in anticipating of … 0

Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a spokesman for the owner of Vermont Yankee, which is slated to shut down in late … 0

Water cooling still an issue at Vermont Yankee

Friday, September 12, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit in the next couple of weeks for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which … 0

Entergy to close Vt. Yankee  in 2014

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — Saying the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant isn’t profitable enough in the current energy economy, its owners announced Tuesday they are shutting down the embattled reactor. New Orleans based Entergy Corp. said it was closing … 0

Entergy Corp’s statement

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the official statement released by Entergy Corp. about its plans to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation today said it plans to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt. The station is expected … 0

Yankee workers highly trained, mobile

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The mood was fine at Vermont Yankee until about 8:30 Tuesday morning. That’s when Francis Ryan of Colrain, and his workers, along with the rest of the 630 people employed at the nuclear power plant, were told that the facility would close next year. “There … 0

Vermont Yankee Timeline

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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

Neighboring Mass. towns see plant’s closing as good news

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Officials from towns nearest the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant greeted news of Entergy Corp.’s decision to close the 41-year-old reactor with pleasure and reservations. Entergy announced plans to decommission the plant beginning in late 2014, citing the energy economy. “I’m extremely excited about that, but the work isn’t … 0

Yankee Rowe closing took  15 years, $608 million

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ROWE — From 1960 to 1992, the Yankee Atomic Electric Co. nuclear power plant — the third nuclear plant built in the nation — produced about 44 billion kilowatt hours of electricity before its permanent shutdown on Feb. … 0

Vt. Yankee opponents rail against court

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Area anti-nuclear activists, who have been hoping to see the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor shut down for years, say they’re disappointed in a U.S. Appeals Court ruling Wednesday against Vermont’s attempt to shut the plant through legislative action. Their comments came after the affirmation of a lower court-ruling … 0

NRC to look at Entergy finances

Monday, August 12, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will investigate the finances of three nuclear reactors owned by Entergy Nuclear — Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim in Massachusetts and the FitzPatrick reactors in New York — as a result of a petition by four anti-nuclear groups. Deb Katz, executive director of … 1

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