Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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Photos obtained from a whistleblower and published in a Vermont newspaper have renewed calls for stricter oversight of Entergy and its management of the fund dedicated to decommissioning the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has no objections to the decommissioning plans developed by the owners of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Entergy Vermont Yankee has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state of Vermont that it plans to withdraw $6.6 million from the power plant's decommissioning fund. State officials are concerned about how the money will be spent.

NRC

Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave an overview of the decommissioning process this week and what Vermonters can expect now that the Vermont Yankee reactor has shut down.

Entergy/NRC

The NRC held meetings with the media and the public on Thursday to explain the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant’s decommissioning process.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is going to be testing its emergency sirens in three states.

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The Vermont Health Department is urging adults who live near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to replace their potassium iodide tablets.

The pills are available for anyone who lives or works in the six towns within the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant: Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Vernon.

The adult tablets expire at the end of the month. Tablets for children are not expiring and don't need to be replaced.

Vermont Yankee Deal Could Be Roadmap For Others

Dec 27, 2013

The recent deal to end litigation and provide a path to decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant could also provide a roadmap for other states.

The Vernon reactor is one of five nuclear power plants that recently announced plans to close before their federal licenses expire, and some experts told Vermont Public Radio that what happens with Vermont Yankee could affect other plants around the country.

Vt. Lawmakers To Hear About Plant Closing's Impact

Oct 21, 2013
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Two Vermont House committees are planning a special trip to the state's southeast corner to hear about the impact of the impending closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

On Oct. 28, the lawmakers travel to Vernon Elementary School to hear from business and other local leaders from 1:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon and from the general public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it official: It sees no need for stepped-up inspections at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

That word comes in a letter from William Dean, Northeast regional administrator for the NRC, to Vermont Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller.

Miller has written to the NRC twice this year to raise concerns about what she has termed human performance problems at the plant.