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State asserts Vermont Yankee cleanup could be done sooner

Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia is predicting that decommissioning could be finished in the 2020s, rather than the 2070s as called for in current plans. But plant owner Entergy is not committing to any such change.

Vermont delegation clashes with nuclear industry

The state’s three members of Congress have signed a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arguing that the agency must allow more public involvement in the decommissioning of plants like Vermont Yankee.

Vermont Yankee gets $143 million fuel storage project in gear

The work to build and fill a new facility for the Vernon plant’s spent nuclear fuel is “on schedule and on budget,” an Entergy administrator said.

Public Service Board again nixes anti-nuclear group’s arguments

VERNON — State regulators say they won’t reconsider their dismissal of an anti-nuclear group’s objections to Vermont Yankee’s fuel storage plans. The state Public Service Board last month approved construction of a new concrete pad for storage of the shut-down plant’s spent nuclear fuel. Before that, however, the Brattleboro-based New England Coalition had asked for […]

NRC denies state’s appeals on Vermont Yankee emergency planning

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.

Yankee owner cleared to put more casks of spent fuel on site

The Public Service Board said a second spent fuel pad won’t hurt the environment and will promote the state’s general good by hastening the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from the pools in which it now sits.

Anti-nuke group makes last stand in Vermont Yankee fuel case

The New England Coalition is asking the state Public Service Board to reconsider its dismissal of the coalition’s objections to storage plans for spent fuel at Vermont Yankee.

Vermont Yankee decommissioning on track, says new director

Jack Boyle holds what’s now the shut-down nuclear plant’s top administrative job. He said the cleanup project, while still in its early stages, is on schedule and under budget.

Vermont has voice in national nuclear waste debate

As the federal government seeks a strategy for finding waste storage sites, regional advocates say Vernon and Vermont should play a key role in that discussion due to the large inventory of spent fuel stashed at Vermont Yankee.

Reformer: Vermont appeal of NRC rule shot down in court

“To the extent that the petitioners disagree with the NRC’s current policy for the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel, their concerns should be directed to Congress,” wrote the court.

PSB rebuffs anti-nuke group’s tardy arguments on spent fuel

The New England Coalition had asked the state Public Service Board to consider additional evidence regarding Entergy’s plans for a second fuel storage pad at the plant. But the board says the coalition’s arguments came too late.

Taxes take bite out of Vermont Yankee cleanup fund

Over the course of a decade, Entergy paid $34 million in federal taxes on investment earnings of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. Some say a change in that tax could speed cleanup work at the Vernon plant.

State to bill Vermont Yankee for emergency planning

Facing the end of Entergy’s federally mandated payments for off-site emergency planning and environmental monitoring, state officials say they have new statutory authority to charge the nuclear plant owner for such activities.

Vermont Yankee tax value drops by $172 million

A new long-term agreement sets the shuttered nuclear plant’s value at $78 million, down from $250 million. The town of Vernon and the state will lose millions in tax revenue, but Entergy has agreed to make annual additional payments in lieu of taxes to the town.