Last year, the state’s highest court ordered the Department of Environmental Protection to come up with new regulations to ensure the state meets emissions reduction goals in three years. Those goals were put into law in 2008.
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.
Vermont Yankee’s 10-mile emergency planning zone is about to expire as the nuclear power plant continues its decommissioning process. The new protocol will directly impact 18 communities and its more than 35,000 residents in three states, from jobs to activating and funding local emergency operations.
Fifteen months ago, state officials heralded what they said was a landmark agreement with the owners of Vermont Yankee. But new legal battles are already brewing over the decommissioning of the Vernon nuclear reactor.
A more than three-hour public meeting started with the NRC and Entergy officials describing how and when Vermont Yankee will be decommissioned. The plan under federal review calls for the process to be completed by 2075.
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant entered its final shutdown Monday at 1:03 pm. The 620 Megawatt reactor has been generating electricity for more than 42 years.
The Vernon reactor has generated electricity on the banks of the Connecticut River since 1972. It’s also generated public discord, litigation and mistrust. Officials on both sides hope that’s coming to an end, now that the plant is closing. But with decades of cleanup and decommissioning ahead, the saga of Vermont Yankee and the state is far from over.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is questioning Entergy Vermont Yankee’s claims that the risk of accidents is negligible after the plant stops operating.
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.
The town voted earlier this year to shut its police department over concerns that the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will significantly cut its tax base.
Voters agreed to contract instead with the Windham County Sheriff’s Department for round-the-clock service.
At the March meeting, town residents voted to remove $300,000 in funding for the police department and replace it with $40,000 to pay the sheriff for some patrols.
The Connecticut Mirror’s Arielle Levin Becker talks about the relatively smooth rollout of Connecticut’s new health exchange, also some anti nuclear activists in Vermont may see their job as done,
Entergy Corporation’s plan to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is raising questions about the future of nuclear power in Massachusetts.
Updated at 1:35 p.m.
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.