Vermont Yankee

WAMC News
5:45 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Utility Board Rejects Vermont Yankee Requests

Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Public Service Board is rejecting requests by the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant that it be allowed to continue operating without the approval of the board.

In an order dated yesterday, the board also rejected a request by the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, that it modify conditions of its order limiting the amount of spent nuclear fuel that could be stored on the grounds of the Vernon reactor.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

6 Women Go on Trial for Nuclear Protest

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

A trial began Tuesday in Vermont for six elderly Massachusetts women accused of trespassing at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last year to protest the continued operation of the reactor.

Police say the women, all members of the Shut It Down Affinity Group, traveled to the nuclear plant's gate in Vernon on Aug. 30, 2011, used a chain and padlock to lock the entrance gate and chained themselves to the fence, while officials were busy with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Public Service Board Concludes Vermont Yankee License Hearings

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Public Service Board earlier this week held the last of two public hearings on whether a Certificate of Public Good should be issued allowing continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Tritium Monitoring Wraps up at Vermont Yankee Well

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has finished testing a former drinking water well to make sure it hasn't been contaminated with radioactive tritium.

The well supplied the plant until it was closed in 2010. It was the closest drinking water supply to where tritium had been found.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that plant officials said no tritium or gamma-emitting radioactive materials were detected in a sample taken last month.

WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Vermont Town Officials Put at Ease on Disaster Prep

Vermont Yankee
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A top official in the southern Vermont town of Dummerston says he's less worried now that he's learned more about preparations for an emergency at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that Select Board member Tom Bodett had told a panel of state officials earlier this month that the emergency evacuation plan for the area around Vermont Yankee was something "no one really believes in."

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Entergy Sues Vermont Over Increased Vermont Yankee Generation Tax

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Two Entergy subsidiaries have filed suit against the state of Vermont over a new law that hikes taxes on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant from 5-million to nearly 13-million dollars annually.

Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and Entergy Nuclear Operations filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont seeking to overturn the legislation signed by Governor Shumlin that substantially increases the plant's annual tax bill.  Entergy Vermont Yankee Communications Manager Jim Sinclair.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Watershed Council says Vermont Yankee Discharging Too Much Heated Water Into River

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council has issued a report that says the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is thermally polluting the Connecticut River.  The group wants the state Agency of Natural Resources to expedite a new discharge permit to lower discharged water temperatures.

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North Country News
7:52 am
Thu July 5, 2012

VT Yankee Nuke Plant at Full Power after Repairs

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is producing electricity at full power again after technicians completed repairs to one of two motor generators that vary the flow of cooling water to the reactor.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Plant spokesman Rob Williams says the problem, discovered was caused by faulty electrical connections in the unit, which is about half the size of a bus.

On June 18, the plant's output was reduced to 38 percent after smoke was detected in the reactor building. The smoke was traced to the motor generator, which was shut down.

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North Country News
8:28 am
Wed June 27, 2012

US Appeals Court Says VT Late with Nuke Appeal

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A U.S. appeals court has rejected an argument by the state of Vermont that the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should not have been given a new operating license because its federal water quality permit was out of date.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the state had multiple opportunities to argue the Vernon plant lacked a valid permit under the Clean Water Act during the proceedings that led up to the plant's relicensing last year.

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New England News
7:03 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Sanders sorry to see nuke chairman go

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s “extremely disappointed” that the chairman of the Federal Nuclear Regulatory  Commission has announced his resignation. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more….

Sanders reacted Monday to news of Gregory Jaczko’s departure by saying he has appreciated the chairman’s recognition that the NRC’s job is not to promote nuclear power, but to be a strong safety regulator.

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