The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Vernon plant is safely storing radioactive spent fuel.
Officials gave VTDigger a glimpse of the process as crews and a tracked transporter called Cletus moved the plant’s 19th loaded cask.
New England Coalition is in every way on the side of a safe and prompt decommissioning of Vermont Yankee.
NorthStar Group Services has signed a contract for preliminary work it says could hasten decommissioning and save $12 million. Regulators have not yet approved the sale.
NorthStar Group Services is now owned by the private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Co. The deal is said to have pumped more resources into NorthStar.
Vermont Yankee administrators say they’ve fired an employee who failed to test radiation monitoring equipment last year, and they’ve found no evidence of other such problems at the plant.
Entergy and NorthStar Group Services say worries about additional contamination at the Vernon nuclear plant and potential cost overruns are “pure speculation.”
Regulators issued a revised schedule that postpones a public meeting four months, to early January. Officials say the delay is necessary due to a time-consuming discovery process.
Four schools in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have agreed to create an education and training consortium meant to boost the green economy in the wake of the nuclear plant’s closure.
Kathy Urffer has been hired by the Connecticut River Conservancy as a river steward for Vermont and New Hampshire. She replaces longtime well-known steward David Deen, who retired.
If the NorthStar plan happens to makes the future of the nuclear power industry more viable, no wonder anti-nuclear groups like the New England Coalition are concerned.
The company has a contract with NorthStar Group Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though NorthStar has said the decommissioning tasks AREVA is performing could cost more than $75 million.
The New England Coalition wants to intervene in a federal review of the plant’s proposed sale, arguing the buyer does not have a good handle on radiological contamination.
Federal regulators determined the cross-country shipping of radioactive water doesn’t pose undue risk, including to the truck drivers.