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.
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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.
Entergy Corporation announced Tuesday that it plans to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant by the end of next year.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is joining her counterparts in eight other states to support Vermont’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that limited that state’s authority over the
Radioactive Strontium and Cesium have again turned up in fish taken from a Vermont water body.
A federal judge ruled today that the state of Vermont does not have the authority to force the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to shut down. Brattleboro district court judge J. Garvan Murtha's decision will stop Governor Peter Shumlin and lawmakers from shutting the plant down in March, when a current state license expires, as they hoped to do.
Michael Burns is a spokesman for the plant's parent company, the Entergy Corporation.
A Windham County judge has re-sparked the idea — for some — that the state of Vermont could take the “Vermont Yankee” nuclear power plant by eminent domain. As WFCR’s Jill Kaufman reports, the decision late last week says the Brattleboro select board acted illegally when it blocked – from the town ballot – a non binding resolution on the topic.