The Elnu Abenaki Tribe, saying the area sits on “culturally significant homelands,” filed to intervene in a state review of the nuclear plant’s proposed purchase.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
After receiving multiple requests, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have agreed to come and take questions about the Vernon plant’s proposed license transfer.
VERNON – State officials have set a date for the first public hearing on the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Public Service Board’s hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 14 at Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Road in Vernon. The hearing will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a public informational session […]
In more than 200 pages, NorthStar Group Services Inc. lays out its argument for buying the Vernon plant from Entergy. The company wants an NRC ruling by year’s end.
A public meeting will be held at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The agency has no plans to hold a meeting in Vermont.
Waste Control Specialists is a defendant in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit filed this week. It’s not clear how that might affect the accelerated cleanup of the Vernon nuclear plant.
An accelerated, outsourced decommissioning job at the former Zion nuclear plant provides some insight into how Entergy is hoping to speed cleanup by selling Vermont Yankee.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled against Vermont officials’ objections to Entergy’s use of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund.
The latest Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection of the shut-down Vernon plant found no problems with waste handling, environmental tests and maintenance of the spent fuel pool.
A spokesman says a water intrusion problem at the shut-down nuclear plant has abated. That means Entergy is not pursuing a proposal to send water into the Connecticut River that is contaminated with low levels of radiation.
As aging and dangerous nuclear power plants close, we must demand prompt and safe decommissioning including the expedited transfer of spent fuel to dry cask storage.
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 contractor says it will retain the current staff, while the plant’s owner expects to save money. The move had been slated to happen only after the spent nuclear fuel is moved into storage.
Pressing their case for stronger federal financial rules for decommissioning nuclear plants, Vermont officials say there is no adequate backup plan if plant owners run out of money before completing cleanup.