Vermont Yankee
The Vermont Yankee power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant closed on Dec. 29, 2014, and parent company Entergy has applied to use $6.6 million of its decommissioning fund to pay taxes.
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Nuke plant says cleanup $5M under budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is $5 million under budget in its decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Nuclear officials said last week. But Christopher Wamser, site vice president for the Vermont Yankee plant, declined to say how Entergy was reaching those savings and exactly how much has been spent. And company officials again said it was under no obligation to … 0

Nuke plant sounds final sirens today

Friday, November 6, 2015

Today’s noontime siren blast is expected to be the last for towns within the 10-mile emergency planning zone for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State and local public safety agencies will conduct the final monthly sounding of all 37 sirens within 10 miles of the Vernon, Vt. plant. The full three-minute siren test is conducted by Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public … 0

Should states fight Entergy’s dip into Vt. Yankee decommissioning fund?

Monday, November 2, 2015

MONTPELIER — Multiple state agencies are meeting this week to decide whether to fight Entergy Nuclear’s plan to dip into the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for business expenses, including a recently updated property tax bill from the state for $1.2 million. Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, said earlier … 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

Vt. Yankee owners seek money to move nuke waste

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Entergy Nuclear told federal regulators Monday it was taking out lines of credit totaling $145 million to help pay for the transfer and storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which will decrease its request to fund the work from the … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VERNON, Vt.— The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would be ceasing operations at the … 1

Plans for Vt. Yankee’s future under review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday . The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans … 0

Vt. fights Entergy’s bid to pull plug on emergency response data system

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration will have to wait until next month before it can make its case why Entergy Nuclear should not be allowed to severely cut back emergency planning and communication once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor shuts down in December. In a hearing before … 0

NRC nixes nuke plant’s changes to crane controls

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have stopped Entergy Nuclear from making changes in the electrical controls of the heavy-duty crane that handles high-level radioactive fuel at the Vermont Yankee reactor. The next-to-last quarterly safety inspection at Vermont Yankee has turned up three low-level safety violations, … 0

Entergy defends halting emergency planning after Vt. Yankee shutdown

Monday, November 3, 2014

VERNON — Officials from Entergy Nuclear defended their request to federal regulators to drop much of their emergency planning efforts once Vermont Yankee ceases generating electricity, saying the staffing would cost the plant’s decommissioning trust fund $100 million … 0

Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the … 0

Vt. Yankee siren test set for noon Saturday

Monday, October 27, 2014

VERNON — On Saturday at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible test of the 37 sirens located within Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a … 0