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NRC: Spent fuel can be stored indefinitely at decommisioned plants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants, according to a NRC press release. The NRC says it will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective. According to the release, “the commission’s action signals the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the … 0

Anti-nukers, congressmen fret over Entergy finances, requested subsidies

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently reopened a year-old petition from anti-nuclear groups concerned about Entergy Corp.’s financial ability to safely operate its nuclear plants, including Vermont Yankee. The original petition, filed before Entergy announced plans to shut the 620-megawatt Vernon, Vt., reactor at the end of 2014 for economic reasons, had called for … 0

Feds talk about Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp. The Associated … 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

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