Vermont Yankee

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is extending the period for public comment as it develops new rules on decommissioning nuclear reactors.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Seven Windham County towns that have been used to receiving emergency planning money from Vermont Yankee will have to write budgets this year without that funding.

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Entergy Vermont Yankee says it wants to move its spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage in 2017, two years earlier than originally planned.

AP Photo/Entergy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to let Vermont Yankee shut down the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the shuttered Vernon nuclear reactor.

AP Photo/Entergy

An advisory panel that was set up to gather and share information on the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants communities to have a say in how federal regulators write a new set of decommissioning rules.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected the state's request to take a closer look at Entergy Vermont Yankee's decommissioning trust fund.

AP Photo/Entergy

Entergy Vermont Yankee wants to use money from its decommissioning trust fund to pay a property tax bill it received from Vernon.


Almost a year after its shutdown, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is still sparking debate over safety, spending and the disposal of nuclear waste.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that Entergy Vermont Yankee's Irradiated Fuel Management plan is consistent with NRC requirements, and that the plan's funding is adequate.

AP File Photo

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sided with Entergy Vermont Yankee on a decision to shut down a radiological monitoring system at its Vernon nuclear power plant.

Entergy had asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to allow it to cut back on the Emergency Response Data System, which Vermont said it needed to continue monitoring the radiological activity at the plant.

Entergy Vermont Yankee has reached an agreement with the state of New Hampshire over the company's request to reduce the emergency planning  zone,  or EPZ, around the closed nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Entergy says the 10-mile EPZ should be eliminated after April 2016 as the plant undergoes decommissioning and the risk of a nuclear emergency is reduced.

The state of Vermont is fighting Entergy's request

Fish Stocks Rebound After Vermont Yankee Shutdown

Sep 3, 2015
Jason R. Henske / AP

A leading environmentalist says fish populations in the Connecticut River have rebounded after the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The state of Vermont has won a round in its challenge to how Entergy Vermont Yankee plans to spend its decommissioning funds.

The state of Vermont has gone to court to fight a decision by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that could affect the decommissioning of the now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. 

Toby Talbot / AP

The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don't always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. And now that the plant is shut down, the state has challenged the federal agency over emergency planning and decommissioning.

On Tuesday, state and local economic development officials announced the relaunch of the Windham County Economic Development Program. The program is tasked with promoting jobs in Windham County, using funds promised to the state from the Vermont Yankee shutdown.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Despite concerns raised by the state of Vermont, federal regulators have allowed the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to use money set aside for decommissioning the plant to also manage spent radioactive fuel at the site.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Fifteen months ago, state officials heralded what they said was a landmark agreement with the owners of Vermont Yankee. But new legal battles are already brewing over the decommissioning of the Vernon nuclear reactor.

In an ongoing legal battle that could affect the timing, and price tag, of dismantling the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, state officials are asking federal regulators for more influence over the decommissioning process.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

The Vermont Health Department says for the first time it has found the radioactive isotope Strontium-90 in ground water at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.