decommissioning

Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for Vermont job

If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.

Judge blocks $367 million sale of Vermont Yankee disposal firm

Texas-based Waste Control Specialists, which handles radioactive waste disposal for the Vernon nuclear plant and was to be a major player in its decommissioning, can’t be sold because of antitrust concerns.

Vermont Yankee buyer seeks ‘reasonable’ deal with state

Though his company faces increasing skepticism, NorthStar Group Services CEO Scott State says it is still committed to purchasing and decommissioning the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant.

State sees ‘significant risk’ in Vermont Yankee sale

If the buyer runs out of money to decommission the plant, “this would place public health, safety and the environment at risk,” according to the Public Service Department and the attorney general’s office.

Brad Ferland: NDCAP conducted an extraordinary meeting

The NDCAP should be commended for inviting the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NorthStar and Entergy to hear Vermonters’ concerns and support for NorthStar’s plan to decommission Vermont Yankee, and answer questions directly.

Entergy wants to shrink Vermont Yankee security zone

The change would downsize the Vernon nuclear plant’s protected area from 10.5 acres to 1.3 acres and save at least $1.2 million a month, Entergy says. Federal and state regulators are reviewing the request.

Vermont Yankee fuel move into more-secure storage is delayed

Transfer of the plant’s radioactive spent fuel into casks did not begin in April, as had been planned. The move is critical to the plant’s eventual sale.

Nuclear advisory panel realignment stalls

Senators balked at boosting Windham County’s legislative representation on the decommissioning panel. But the citizen panel’s chair says she’ll keep lobbying for changes.

State supports confidentiality for documents in Yankee case

Officials won’t object to NorthStar Group Services’ request to restrict public access to two Vermont Yankee decommissioning documents. But two organizations are protesting.

Nuclear regulators to appear in Brattleboro next week

NRC members will hold sessions with the public and the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel regarding NorthStar Group Services’ plan for Vermont Yankee.

Yankee suitor: Public shouldn’t see ‘highly confidential’ plans

NorthStar Group Services is asking for unusual protections for two documents related to decommissioning. But some people are raising concerns about transparency.

Coalition wants state to reject parts of Vermont Yankee plan

The New England Coalition claims the proposed buyer of the Vernon nuclear plant is trying to renege on previous orders issued by the state Public Service Board.

Some predict trouble over rubble at Vermont Yankee

The company hoping to buy the plant wants to reuse crushed concrete as fill at the site. The current owner pledged in 2013 not to do that, and a watchdog group likens it to creating a landfill.

Guy Page: NorthStar has a solid decommissioning plan

It is my hope that after careful review, the Public Service Board will find that early decommissioning of the site is in the public interest and that NorthStar is more than qualified to get the job done.