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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

Hearings to begin soon for Conn. River dams

Friday, January 11, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — As it launches a 5½-year process to re-license five hydroelectric projects along the Connecticut River, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a series of meetings to set the scope of issues to be considered. … 0

Vt. Yankee financial future seen as bleak

Monday, January 7, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A financial analyst who follows the nuclear industry said that while financial information on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant indicates it is not making money for owner Entergy Nuclear, the company may be leery of … 0

Mass., other states criticize nuke waste storage handling

Monday, January 7, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission isn’t doing enough to assess the environmental and safety concerns of storing high-level radioactive waste at nuclear power plants across the country, the state of Vermont said Thursday. Vermont, joined by New York and Massachusetts, again have formally criticized the … 0

Fewer inspections for Vt. Yankee steam dryer

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a request by Entergy Nuclear to reduce the number of inspections for Vermont Yankee’s steam dryer, which has proved to be a major source of problems at other similar reactors that have undergone a boost in power production. Under the … 0

Group opposes Entergy, state on Vt. Yankee suit

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The New England Coalition has pushed back against filings by both Entergy Nuclear and the state of Vermont aimed at derailing the coalition’s request to the Vermont Supreme Court to order the shutdown of Vermont Yankee. The coalition criticized Entergy’s filing to the federal court … 0

Hearing attracts Vt. Yankee foes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.– On close to a 2-to-1 margin, dozens of Vermonters from all over the state told the Vermont Public Service Board that Entergy Nuclear didn’t deserve a state permit to keep operating the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. More than 80 people had signed up at 13 different … 0

Protest heads to Vermont capital

Monday, November 19, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gary Sachs of Brattleboro was a long way from the gates of Vermont Yankee or the headquarters for Entergy on Saturday. He was in Montpelier, bringing his protest against the aging nuclear power plant and its owner to the steps of the Statehouse. “I think … 0

Vernon plant same design and flaws as Fukushima

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GREENFIELD — After blowing the whistle on the nuclear power industry in a 1990 incident that “fundamentally changed my view that nuclear power was inherently safe,” Arnold ‘Arnie’ Gundersen was ready to accept nuclear power as a needed solution to our energy mix — after conservation and development … 0

Vt. Yankee sirens to be tested

Friday, November 2, 2012

At noon today, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible test of the 37 sirens located within the Vermont Yankee 10-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in Vermont towns including Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns including Hinsdale, Richmond, … 0

Entergy seeks third diesel generator

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear is seeking state and federal approval to bring in a third backup diesel generator to provide electricity to Vermont Yankee in the event of an emergency station blackout. The diesel generator would replace Vermont Yankee’s dedicated tie-line to TransCanada’s hydroelectric station in Vernon, which … 0

Lively debate for 2nd Franklin district

Saturday, October 27, 2012

ERVING — In front of a crowd of 70 people at the French King Highway Bowling Center, Representative Denise Andrews and her Republican challenger, Susannah Whipps Lee, both promised jobs for the Second Franklin District if elected. With … 0

Case looks at Vt. Yankee tax issue

Thursday, October 11, 2012

When is a tax not a tax? When it’s a “levy.” That is the argument advanced by Entergy Nuclear in U.S. District Court, as it continued its fight against the state of Vermont’s attempt to move the second Entergy lawsuit to state jurisdiction. Entergy, citing federal case law, … 0