Preparing for emergencies in towns near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has wound down this past year. But Entergy, the plant’s owner, is providing the state of Vermont with funding to continue planning at a reduced level.
State Representative Paul mark has some advice for his colleagues to the east on how to deal with the closing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
The owner of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant wants to halt some emergency steps in place for communities within 10 miles of the facility, including disaster drills and warning sirens.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting and comment session Thursday on plans to fully decommission Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.
Some of the workers have left already. Entergy says 572 people were still working at the plant on June 1. About half of them will lose their jobs in January, after the plant shuts down. Others will stay on for another 18 months or so to help place the reactor in protective storage. After that, another major layoff is expected.
Entergy Corporation’s plan to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is raising questions about the future of nuclear power in Massachusetts.
Vernon, Vermont is a town of just more than two thousand people.
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Entergy Corp. says it will shut down the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state.