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Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? The man is Anthony Leshinskie, Vermont’s new nuclear engineer and decommissioning coordinator. Leshinskie, 51, has been on the job a little over … 0

How do we prevent economic meltdown?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It’s been 17 years since UMass economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont Yankee plant shutting down at the end of … 0

Vt. Yankee asked to monitor river warming with samples

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing its release of cooling water into the Connecticut River. The draft permit, replacing a discharge permit … 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

NRC: Fuel pools like Yankee’s quake proof

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that spent fuel pools like the one at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant can withstand severe earthquakes without breaching. The draft report from the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research is one of the post-Fukushima evaluations the NRC … 0

Entergy sues Vermont over Vernon plant’s diesel generator permit

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has again sued the state of Vermont, this time over the delayed permit for construction of a backup power diesel generator. The state Public Service Board has refused to authorize construction of the so-called station blackout diesel generator, and has treated Entergy’s petition … 0

NRC hears concerns about oversight of Vt. Yankee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

VERNON, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was both praised and condemned this week by local residents for its oversight of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. At the plant’s annual assessment meeting, Yankee was described as meeting all of the safety requirements established by the NRC, but … 0

Vt. blasts NRC for response to VY mishap

Thursday, April 25, 2013

MONTPELIER — Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said he received “a nice letter” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about concerns he raised last month about incidents at Vermont Yankee during its recent refueling outage, but the letter didn’t answer his concerns. “It’s a nice letter, but I guess … 0

Fund shortfalls lead to NRC credit requirement

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear will again be required to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a letter of credit of $40 million because of shortfalls in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund. NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said that the $40 million financial guarantee was a preliminary figure and it was … 0

Finances, panel blow-out  at Vt. Yankee raise concerns

Friday, March 22, 2013

BRATTLEBORO — Changes in the energy marketplace have forced Entergy Nuclear, the company says, to write down the value of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant from $517 million to $162 million, prompting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ask for … 0

Entergy exec tells state to ignore past problems

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A top executive with Entergy Nuclear tried to convince a skeptical Public Service Board last week that problems at the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon during the 10 years of Entergy ownership were not relevant to whether the state should allow the plant to run … 0

Vt. Yankee protesters pay fine, then protest again

Friday, February 1, 2013

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Anti-nuclear protesters paid more than $3,264 in fines this week — donated by a Northampton Quaker group and others — then held a noontime rally protesting the continued operation of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. … 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