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Vermont Yankee
FILE - In this Dec.1985 file photo, workers perform maintenance on the reactor vessel at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt.  Vermont's only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of 2014, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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 power the plant produced annually — have been transferred to the nearby spent fuel pool, which is on the top floor of the five-story reactor building. The spent fuel pool now contains a total of 2,995 fuel assemblies, plus one fuel debris canister, said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. The NRC received a certified, sworn notice from Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President Christopher Wamser Monday morning that … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke owner says fuel removed from reactor

Monday, January 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says the fuel has been removed from the reactor and placed in the spent fuel pool. The information was contained in a letter dated Friday from Entergy Nuclear Operations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Vermont Yankee ceased operations on Dec. 29 after more than 42 years of producing electricity. The fuel … 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 Decommissioning Activities Report, or PSDAR, with the NRC on Dec. 19 and permanently shut down … 0

Only ‘baseline’ checks planned at Vt. nuke

Friday, March 7, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Federal inspections have turned up only minor problems in the past year at Vermont Yankee, so the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week it plans only “baseline” inspections at the Vernon reactor until it shuts down in December. The NRC issued its annual assessment letter for … 0

NRC audit faults VY’s flood-prevention actions

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — An audit conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of Vermont Yankee’s post-Fukushima flood prevention measures has found Entergy Nuclear’s effort lacking. In a report released recently, the NRC said there were several instances of Entergy not … 0

NRC not ready to grant planning exemption to Vt. Yankee

Friday, February 7, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Saying Entergy Corp. “is under no legal obligation” to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Entergy for additional information before granting its request that it be exempted from costly studies and safety improvements. “While the NRC staff fully … 0

County planners call for early Vt. Yankee decommissioning

Friday, January 24, 2014

Franklin County has added its official collective voice to those calling for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant sooner rather than later. The executive committees of the Franklin Regional Planning Board and of the Franklin Regional Council … 3

Vt. Yankee decommissioning should begin soon, nuke plant critic says

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — As Vermont’s Public Service Board wrestles with whether to grant a Certificate of Public Good to Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s remaining 11 months of operation, taking into account a pending agreement with the state on decommissioning, it’s looking at terms of decommissioning. Many testifying … 1

Keeping Entergy on the radar, residents scrutinize closure deal

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The agreement announced last month between the State of Vermont and Entergy, which owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, is hardly a done deal. That much was made clear by a state Public Service … 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