Vermont Yankee

Follow VPR's coverage of Vermont Yankee, from the archive and continuing through the plant's planned closure in 2014.

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The Frequency
5:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Sets New Limits On Vermont Yankee's Hot Water Releases

Environmentalists say the heated discharge from Vermont Yankee harms fish and other aquatic life
AP File Photo

The state of Vermont has issued a draft pollution permit for Vermont Yankee that imposes new limits on how much the nuclear plant can heat the Connecticut River.

Yankee uses the river for cooling water. Environmentalists for years have argued that the heated discharge harms fish and other aquatic life.

Plant owner Entergy plans to shut down the reactor by the end of the year. But if the permit is finalized over the next several months, the lower limits would apply to Yankee’s operation this fall.

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8:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Protestors Interrupt NRC Hearing In Brattleboro

A group of protestors from Massachusetts reads a letter criticizing an NRC ruling on spent fuel storage.
Susan Keese VPR

Protestors interrupted a public meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Brattleboro Wednesday night. Anti-nuclear activists brought the session to a temporary halt by reading a letter from Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey criticizing a recent NRC decision.  

“Quote, spent nuclear fuel pools are a disaster waiting to happen, unquote, said Senator Markey,” the group read in unison.

The federal agency voted this week not to require plants to speed up the removal of spent fuel from spent fuel pools into safer dry cask storage.

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The Frequency
4:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Entergy Plans Radioactive Waste Transfer

Entergy Vermont Yankee has begun the process to gain regulatory approval to move spent fuel from a pool inside the reactor building to another area on the property.

Entergy wants to store the highly radioactive waste in steel and concrete casks on the plant grounds. But first it must construct a large, flat concrete pad to accommodate the new waste facility.

The company filed notice this week with the Town of Vernon and the Windham Regional Commission of its plans for the concrete pad. It plans to file a formal request with the state Public Service Board on June 30.

VPR News
9:47 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Vernon Passes School Budget On Second Try

Voters in Vernon Tuesday passed a slightly pared-down version of the $4.4 million school budget they rejected at town meeting in March. Vernon School Board Chairman Mike Hebert said the board shaved about $50,000 from the original budget.

"We did say to people that we were going to do as much as we could without changing our offerings in the school and what we need to do to maintain our quality level education," Hebert said.

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VPR News
6:06 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Small Steam Leak Reported At Vermont Yankee

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, seen in this file photo, experienced a small steam leak last week.
AP/Jason R. Henske

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant experienced a small leak of radioactive steam last week. But state and Yankee officials say the leak was contained and the public was not in danger.

Yankee spokesman Rob Williams said the leak was discovered by a worker doing maintenance.

"It was work on a pipe and during that process there was a malfunction of a filter, and that has since been corrected. It was corrected immediately," Williams said. "There was this air sampling monitoring during that the time, and it confirmed that the radioactivity was extremely low."

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VPR News
6:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

GMP Ratepayers Reap Windfall From Yankee Power Sales

A cold winter and a revenue-sharing agreement with the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will mean a big windfall for many Vermont electric customers.

When the Entergy Corporation bought the plant in 2002 from Vermont utilities, the company agreed to share revenues from its sales above a certain wholesale electric price.

That price was exceeded this winter as wholesale power costs skyrocketed in New England. And that means Entergy will pay Green Mountain Power as much as $17.8 million.

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VPR News
7:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Windham Officials Want A National Conversation On Nuclear Plant Closures

Jeffrey Lewis, former director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., hopes to organize a national conference in Brattleboro on the role of host communities in nuclear plant closings.
VPR/Susan Keese

More than 50 experts and officials met in Putney Wednesday to begin to plan a national conference for regions and states facing nuclear plant closings.

The country will see a landslide of nuclear plant closings in the next few decades, organizer Jeff Lewis told the group. He said the economic and social impacts on those regions will be severe. But Lewis says there isn’t much information on how host communities and states can protect their interests when nuclear power plants stop operating.

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Vermont Edition
9:51 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Ruling Outlines Vermont Yankee's Final Year

The Public Service Board's 98-page ruling was released Friday, March 28, 2014.

The Public Service Board has given the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant the ‘ok’ to operate through the end of 2014, at which point Entergy, the plant's owners, says it will shut down Vermont Yankee.  

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VPR News
6:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Regulators Approve Agreement Between State And Entergy

State regulators have granted Entergy Vermont Yankee a permit to operate through December 2014, when the nuclear plant will close permanently.

Friday's decision includes the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state and Entergy Vermont Yankee. It also settles years of litigation between  the state and the plant's owners. But not everyone thinks the ruling serves the region’s best interests.

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Archive Posts
1:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Vt. PSB Allows Yankee Nuclear Plant To Run Through 2014

State utility regulators have allowed Entergy Vermont Yankee to operate the state’s only nuclear plant through the end of the year.

The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday also approved an agreement between the state and Entergy that requires the company to pay $10 million for economic development in Windham County and to set up a $25 million fund to restore the Vernon site after decommissioning.

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