Vermont officials had appealed federal rulings that allowed the shut-down nuclear plant to reduce emergency operations. But the NRC ruled in part that the state had not produced enough evidence to back its claims about increased health and safety risks.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Vermont Yankee owner prematurely withdrew $282,000 from the Vernon plant’s decommissioning trust fund. But officials say Entergy won’t be fined due to confusion about federal rules.
The second major workforce reduction at the shut-down Vernon plant will bring employment to 136, down from 554 when the facility stopped producing power in December 2014.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy Vermont Yankee can decrease its on-site property damage insurance coverage from $1.06 billion to $50 million due to decreased risks at the shut-down Vernon plant.
VERNON — Echoing a theme in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says newly introduced federal legislation would increase the influence of state and local governments in nuclear plant cleanups. Welch, D-Vt., announced Wednesday that he had introduced the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act as a companion to a Senate bill introduced by U.S. Sen. […]
An 18-town, three-state emergency planning zone disappears Tuesday as part of federally approved changes at the Vernon plant. But owner Entergy and state officials say emergency response capabilities remain “robust.”
New regulatory filings show the plant’s owner believes $190.6 million will be left after Vermont Yankee decommissioning — in sharp contrast to state concerns that the company’s funding will fall short.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy needs proof of the water’s reportedly low levels of contamination before approving a new disposal site in Idaho.
A senior director with the Washington, D.C.-based Nuclear Energy Institute says it is impossible for a plant owner to leave a decommissioning project like Vermont Yankee unfinished. The institute opposes adding more financial assurance or public input to the process.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report is consistent with federal regulations. The report includes Entergy’s cost estimates for terminating its license at the Vernon site.
The NRC announced it will continue to issue regulatory exemptions to companies that are decommissioning nuclear power plants like Vermont Yankee.
As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission begins a years-long effort to develop new regulations for decommissioning nuclear plants, six federal legislators – including three from Vermont – are urging more public meetings and more public comment.
Under the plan, Entergy will eliminate a 10-mile emergency planning zone, funding for state environmental monitoring and money to towns for emergency planning. Vermont officials have objected to the changes.
Vermont Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia and state Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie are traveling later this month to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s headquarters for a face-to-face meeting.