Posts Tagged ‘ Vermont Yankee ’

Uranium On The Brain: Inside The Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Nearly a third of the electricity generated in New England is produced by nuclear power from four plants — including Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which sits on a picturesque bend in the Connecticut River, near Brattleboro, Vt. For more on this story, visit: Uranium On The Brain: Inside The Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Plant | WGBH

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Yankee sues feds for $88M over waste storage

May 2nd, 2014 | By

Entergy Nuclear has again filed suit against the federal Department of Energy, seeking $88 million it has already spent on handling and storing its high-level radioactive waste at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. For more on this story, visit: Yankee sues feds for $88M over waste storage  : Times Argus Online.

Yankee’s thermal discharge permit prompts disagreement between Entergy, state

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced this week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit for Vermont Yankee’s continuing thermal discharge into the Connecticut River. Entergy wants permission to increase the temperature of the

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Vermont board OKs plans to close down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by end of year

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday voted to authorize the operators of Vermont Yankee to close down the nuclear power plant by Dec. 31. According to the Associated Press, the Public Service Board granted Vermont Yankee a certificate of public good — essentially a state permit — covering its operation from March 21, 2012,

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U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. Vermont’s lone nuclear power plant (pictured above) will close in 2014, and the country’s oldest reactor, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, will retire by 2019.

Vermont Yankee: Aftermath … natural gas? | Times Argus Online

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

What if (employee-owned?) Vermont Yankee were converted to spin its steam turbine by burning natural gas to boil the water? This would economically justify extending the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline to deliver TransCanada’s Alberta natural gas to southeastern Vermont with widespread economic benefits. Required to host a derelict nuclear power plant and its lifetime nuclear

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Entergy To Close Vermont Yankee

Aug 27th, 2013 | By

The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Entergy said the decision to close the plant was based on a number of financial factors, including changes to the natural gas market, a high cost structure for this single unit plant and wholesale market design flaws.

PSB denies Yankee request to limit testimony

Jun 25th, 2013 | By

A motion by Entergy Vermont Yankee to limit discussion of the impacts of the nuclear power plant’s operation on the Connecticut River in hearings before the Vermont Public Service Board was scuttled on June 19. For more on this story, visit: PSB denies Yankee request to limit testimony – Brattleboro Reformer.

PSB To Focus On Yankee’s Impact On Water

Jun 22nd, 2013 | By

The Public Service Board has cleared the way for critics of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to examine the plant’s impact on water quality. The ruling was a reversal for Entergy Vermont Yankee, which tried to keep water pollution issues out of the ongoing hearings over the nuclear plant’s future. The PSB this week rejected

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NRC: Yankee Fuel Storage Is ‘Safe’

May 1st, 2013 | By

Federal regulators say they’re confident the public is not in danger from the tons of radioactive spent fuel stored in an above-ground pool at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The comments by Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials came after a nuclear critic told Vermont lawmakers that the fuel rods should be moved because of the

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Financial firm forecasts that Entergy may close Vermont Yankee

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

UBS has released a report that details fiscal portents “suggesting real retirement risk for units such as Vermont Yankee and (New York’s) Fitzpatrick in ’13; we see (increased) focus on the (decommissioning) process.” Click on this headline for more!

Study: Vermont Yankee thermal discharge into Connecticut River exceeds limits

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

A recent scientific study found that Vermont Yankee has a record of discharging water at temperatures above permitted levels. Even so, the nuclear plant has not violated its discharge permit under the Clean Water Act. For more on this story, visit: Study: Vermont Yankee thermal discharge into Connecticut River exceeds limits |

Advocates Worry Vt.’s Renewable Energy Fund Is Nearly Depleted

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

Renewable energy advocates worry that a state fund that has fueled the growth of Vermont’s clean energy industry is running out of money. Governor Peter Shumlin says he has a plan to replenish the fund through a new generation tax on Vermont Yankee. For more on this story, visit: VPR News: Advocates Worry Vt.’s Renewable

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Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones

Feb 20th, 2012 | By

Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We’re calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign. The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that

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Connecticut River Watershed Council concerned about hot water from Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant being dumped in river

Feb 18th, 2012 | By

Hot water coming out of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant creates a plume of thermal pollution in the Connecticut River as far south as Holyoke, according to an environmental group calling for tighter restrictions for the nuclear plant. Entergy, the owners of Vermont Yankee, have applied to the state of Vermont for another five-year

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In Franklin County, Radioactive Material Found In Fish | VPR News

Feb 15th, 2012 | By

The state Health Department says it’s found trace levels of radioactive material in fish taken from a northern Vermont lake. Last year, the department found similar levels in fish caught in the Connecticut River, near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State officials say the fish are still safe to eat. The most recent discovery found

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Vermont Yankee Pollution Puts Fish in Hot Water

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

“The recent Vermont Yankee court decision said the State of Vermont can’t trump the federal government when it comes to issues of nuclear safety. But the same ruling affirmed Vermont’s continuing authority for oversight of other Yankee issues, like enforcement of the Clean Water Act. That’s good, because when your next-door neighbor is a nuclear power plant, their bad housekeeping is more than just a nuisance.” David Deen, Upper Valley River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council writes. Click on this environmental headline for more of this opinion piece on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

NRC disputes contentions in VY water quality suit

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

In its official response to a complaint in federal court, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accused the state of Vermont of sitting on its hands when given the chance to properly raise issues before the agency. Because of its inaction, claimed the NRC, Vermont has no standing to question the validity of the license renewal granted

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Vermont Yankee Refuses State’s Request To Test For Radioactive Tritium

Jan 28th, 2012 | By

Officials at Entergy Vermont Yankee have refused the state’s request to test for radioactive tritium in a former drinking water well at the plant site in Vernon. As VPR’s John Dillon reports, the state wants the testing in order to learn more about where the tritium is moving. Vermont Public Radio reports. For more on

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Vermont vs. Vermont Yankee | The Nation via

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant sits on a peaceful bend of the Connecticut River, where jays call and herons dive lazily over sun-dappled water. There’s something ominously familiar, however, about the tower of Vermont Yankee’s reactor, which has the same design as those that melted down last spring at Fukushima in Japan. And just

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