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We have an extraordinary opportunity over the next year to create a clean, renewable energy future that is right for Vermont. In May 2006, the Vermont legislature unanimously passed Act 160, which gave the power to decide the future of the Vermont Yankee plant to Vermont's democratically elected representatives. Act 160 stipulates that detailed and independent studies must be conducted and that there be significant public input throughout the process. Act 160 allows us to democratically close Vermont Yankee and participate in the creation of a clean, affordable and safe energy future.

Local, renewable technologies such as wind, solar, hydro and minimal biomass can meet a fifth of our energy needs by 2015, improve our economy by supporting new businesses and create new, high-paying jobs. We can replace Vermont Yankee. Act today to change tomorrow.

Vermont Public Service Department announces Nov. 20 meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Press Release | Nov 13, 2014

Read full press release at VTDigger

The Public Service Department today announced that the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Thursday November 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Marlboro College Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.


Vermont Yankee Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Visit the Vermont Public Service Department page for Vermont Yankee and the Citizens Advisory Panel


National Summit for a Nuclear Free Future

When: Friday, November 14 – Monday, November 17, 2014

Where: National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

What: The EPA is blatantly promoting nuclear power as one solution to cutting carbon. Nuclear is NO solution, and we need to push to end any campaigns to encourage more nuclear, and instead promote clean renewable technologies. Come help us plan strategies to move towards a future free of nuclear power.

Questions: Susan Corbett (reindeargirl@gmail.com)

Buy tickets: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar/6713514?view=Detail&id=174801


Entergy details staff cuts, spent fuel plans at Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro Reformer | September 27, 2014 | Mike Faher

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BRATTLEBORO -- Entergy expects to slash its Vermont Yankee staff by more than 40 percent early next year after the Vernon nuclear plant shuts down, with another big staffing reduction due in spring 2016.

Also, the company's local charitable giving -- which totaled $175,000 this year -- will be reduced by an unspecified amount next year, administrators said.

But at the first meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Thursday night in Brattleboro, Entergy also delivered a few bits of somewhat positive news.



Entergy outlines post-shutdown plans for Vermont Yankee

VTDigger | September 26, 2014 | John Herrick

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VERNON — Spent radioactive fuel will be removed from the reactors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by 2020, the plant’s corporate owner told a citizen oversight panel Thursday.

But Louisiana-based Entergy said it does not know when it will begin tearing down Vermont Yankee after it stops producing power in December. The plant has already begun to slow power production and plans to cut 40 percent of its workforce by January.



Vermont Public Service Department Announces Inaugural Meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel on September 25, 2014

Vermont Public Service Department Announces Inaugural Meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today announced that the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP), created by the legislature in Act 179 to succeed the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel, will be held on September 25, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road in Brattleboro. The agenda for the September 25 meeting includes a discussion of the mission of NDCAP; an overview of the Settlement Agreement reached between the State of Vermont and Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (ENVY) in December 2013; and Vermont Yankee decommissioning and stakeholder assessment findings. In addition, ENVY will present a summary of current decommissioning activities at Vermont Yankee.  The meeting will be recorded by Brattleboro Cable Access Television (BCTV) who will upload the recording to the Vermont Media Exchange for distribution to all other Vermont public access stations.

All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public. More information regarding the statutory creation of NDCAP, as well as current appointees to the Panel, will be posted later today on the Public Service Department’s website: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/announcements    


The end is nearer for Vt. Yankee

Barre-Montpelier Times Argus | September 17, 2014 | Susan Smallheer

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BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear announced Tuesday that Vermont Yankee was starting its “coastdown” to shutdown later this year.

“Starting now, you’ll see a gradual decrease until the end of the year,” said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn.

Cohn compared the “coastdown” of the Vernon nuclear reactor as when someone starts putting on the brakes on his car in anticipating of stopping at a stop sign.



Panel appointed to track Vermont Yankee shutdown

Burlington Free Press | September 9, 2014 | Terri Hallenbeck

Six people were appointed Tuesday to fill out the 19-member citizens panel that will offer input on the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to shut down by the end of the year.

The group's purpose is to keep tabs on the decommissioning process by plant owner Entergy Corp., including tracking the level of the decommissioning fund and serving as an outlet for public comment. Critics of the plant had advocated for having such a panel modeled after one in Maine.



ANR Public Hearing

When: August 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon, VT 05354
What: The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has issued a draft thermal discharge permit to Vermont Yankee. ANR does not accept Entergy's calculations. However the agency will permit Vermont Yankee to continue to pollute the Connecticut River till the end of 2014. It did set conditions on its releases. We believe Entergy should use its cooling towers for the next 6 months.

ANR's deadline for Public Comment has been extended to August 27, 2014.
Here is the link to the update. http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/ww/drafts/3-1199.Entergy.PublicHearing.20140702.pdf


Deb Katz: Focus on the public good

VTDigger Commentary | August 10, 2014

Read the full commentary here

We must keep our focus on the public good for the citizens of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire as Vermont Yankee is powering down and working toward closure in December. The Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) is a critical way to keep that focus sharp.

The nuclear industry makes many claims about the safety and security of its plants, including Vermont Yankee. However, we must acknowledge the potential vulnerability of the fuel pools to terrorism and accidents. A National Academy of Science Report in 2005 confirmed the concerns of both state governments and local citizens. This report preceded the ongoing Fukushima disaster that included the melting of fuel in two of its Mark 1 reactor pools.

Vermont Yankee is a GE Mark 1 reactor. GE Mark 1 and 2 reactors are the most vulnerable reactors structurally in the country. Vermont Yankee’s fuel pool is filled to capacity (over 530 tons) and elevated (seven stories above ground outside of containment). These factors pose an unacceptable risk to those who live around the plant. Millions of curies of high level waste are stored in this above-ground pool with a metal roof. An attack on the pool that causes the fuel cladding to catch fire could result in a 25,000 square mile area being uninhabitable for decades. An accident involving the loss of water from the pool could have the same consequences. The National Academy of Science Report on fuel pool vulnerability states that such a fire could lead to the dispersal of radioactive plumes up to 100 miles.



Vt. Yankee asked to monitor river warming with samples

The Recorder (Greenfield, Mass.) | By Richie Davis | July 3, 2014

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Read the permit here

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations.

The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing its release of cooling water into the Connecticut River.

The draft permit, replacing a discharge permit that expired seven years ago and had been the subject of debate and lawsuits brought by the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, immediately won praise from the nonprofit environmental group for upholding its contention that “bad science” underwrote the thermal discharge limits in previous permits. [...]


Equal Time Radio: June 30, 2014 | Decommissioning Vermont Yankee

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Topic: Vermont Yankee is shutting down at the end of this year. We’ll be talking about how Vermonters can stay involved in issues associated with decommissioning and economic development as we enter this new era. Our guests will include Chris Williams from Citizens Awareness Network and Debra Stoleroff from the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance. We’ll talk about several things, including the new Citizens Advisory Panel that was created during the legislative session, the thermal discharge permit, the Certificate of Public Good, and economic development issues.

Guests: Jeffrey Lewis, Executive Director, Institute for Nuclear Host Communities
Jennifer Stromsten, Program Director, Institute for Nuclear Host Communities
Chris Williams, Citizens Awareness Network www.nukebusters.org
Debra Stoleroff, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance


CITIZEN ADVISORY PANEL for Vermont Yankee Decommissioning

Download a factsheet and the legislative language from the budget about the CAP

Communities affected by nuclear facilities should have the ability to participate in matters that affect them. Citizens need a substantive role in order to clarify, negotiate and protect their community's interests. A Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) can be a mechanism to ensure greater community participation. The CAP would meet regularly to give meaningful input into decisions concerning health and safety. The CAP would function to educate their communities to the technology that exists in their neighborhood and its effects and advocate for their communities interests with regulators and corporations. Although the CAP is relevant to all stages of nuclear power production, it is especially relevant to site cleanup.



Senators Boxer, Sanders and Markey Introduce Legislation to Increase Safety at Nuclear Plants

May 13, 2014 | Press Release

Read in full at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced three bills today aimed at improving the safety and security of decommissioning reactors and the storage of spent nuclear fuel at nuclear plants across the nation.[...]



State setting guidelines for Entergy economic development money

May 5, 2014 | Bob Audette, Brattleboro Reformer

Read full article at Vermont Digger

In August 2013, Entergy announced it was closing its power plant at the end of 2014. In a far-reaching agreement with the state, Entergy agreed to contribute $10 million over five years for economic development in Windham County. In addition, Entergy released more than $5 million it was holding in escrow for the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund, half of which is dedicated to the county.

[...] Read the rest here




Citizens Awareness Network supports the Public Service Board's decision to grant approval of the amended CPG that supports in total the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the State of Vermont and Entergy. While many have serious concerns about Entergy and its ability to live up to its commitments, the settlement reached between the state and Entergy is precedent setting. It is now up to the corporation to live up to its commitments and work constructively with the state of Vermont to achieve a safe and responsible decommissioning of the plant.

This agreement is also important because it mitigates the the impact on Vermont Yankee's workforce that would have almost certainly faced greater hardship without this agreement. We're relieved that Entergy has committed to the expedited removal of the high level waste from its fuel pool upon closure. With closure the fuel pool remains the most significant safety related issue facing the community.

The work is not over. Serious questions remain concerning the adequacy of the decommissioning fund. We also believe it is essential that a Citizen Advisory Board is established to create as democratic and transparent a process as possible for on going decommissioning activities.



Yankee's CPG is in the best interest of all Vermonters

March 24, 2014, Guy Page

Read full Op-ed at the Brattleboro Reformer

A Settlement Agreement announced on December 23, 2013, by Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, the state of Vermont, and Entergy recommends that the Vermont Public Service Board approve the Certificate of Public Good for Vermont Yankee to continue to operate until the end of 2014. The plant's continued operation through the year will help to ensure a smooth transition of Vermont Yankee to a closed, decommissioning power facility. Without approval of the CPG, the Settlement Agreement will likely be nullified. The following are five reasons why the PSB should approve the CPG by its deadline of March 31, 2014.

[...] Read the rest here



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Three Perspectives

Tom Buchanan, Windham Regional Commission; Dr. Mark Resnikoff, Radioactive Waste Management Associates; Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network; moderated by Leslie Sullivan Sachs; sponsored by the Safe And Green Campaign

Vermont Yankee could be decommissioned within 10-15 years, Shumlin says

December 23, 2013, John Herrick

Read the full article (and watch more clips) at VTDigger

The state and Entergy have reached an agreement that will ensure that decommissioning of the state’s lone nuclear power plant could begin in the next 10 to 15 years.

An accord between Entergy and the administration was announced during a news conference Monday in Montpelier. The agreement sets a decommissioning goal for the 2020s, sooner than required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 60-year permissible timeframe.

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VBSR Panel on VT Yankee, 11/20/2013

Nuclear Trashmen Gain From Record U.S. Reactor Shutdowns

September 4, 2013

Read the full article at Bloomberg

Entergy Corp. (ETR) said Aug. 27 it will close its 41-year-old Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in 2014, making the reactor the fifth unit in the U.S. marked for decommissioning within the past 12 months, a record annual total. Companies that specialize in razing nuclear plants and hauling away radioactive waste are poised to benefit.

Disposal work is “where companies are going to make their fortune,” Margaret Harding, an independent nuclear-industry consultant based in Wilmington, North Carolina, said in an phone interview. Contractors that are usually involved in building reactors, including Bechtel Group Inc. and URS Corp. (URS), “are going to be looking very hard at the decommissioning side of it.”

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New York attorney general urges NRC to assess financial health of FitzPatrick nuclear plant

December 4, 2013. By Tim Knauss.

Read the full article at Syracuse.com

In August, the NRC agreed to review Entergy's financial qualifications to continue operating FitzPatrick and two other reactors, in response to a petition filed by several anti-nuclear groups including Alliance for a Green Economy, based in Syracuse. A month later, one of the three reactors, Vermont Yankee, announced it would close because of worsening finances.

NRC officials have said they anticipate issuing a draft decision in that case later this week. A final decision would follow in about 75 days, after a comment period.

Two weeks ago, U.S. Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., sent a letter to the NRC expressing "grave concern'' about reports that Entergy had contacted senior NRC officials in an attempt to quash inquiries about its financial operations. In response, Entergy officials said they had raised concerns with the NRC because "certain financial information requests were not consistent with their long-standing guidance and practice.''

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Read the letter from the New York attorney general to the NRC

Download the attachments to the letter


Progress reported in Yankee decom talks

December 3, 2013. By Susan Smallheer

Read the full article at the Times Argus (paywall)

MONTPELIER — The two sides in the confidential talks between the Shumlin administration and Entergy Corp. over issues involved in closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant reported progress after meeting behind closed doors for eight hours Monday.

“It was constructive and productive,” said Christopher Recchia, commissioner of the Department of Public Service. Recchia said the two sides had a lot of issues to cover, and he said progress had been made, although he declined to be specific.

Recchia and other Shumlin administration officials, along with Attorney General William Sorrell, are meeting with Entergy officials about the major issues involved in the late 2014 shutdown of Yankee, focusing on the timetable for decommissioning, the handling of the highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel, and the eventual reuse of the Vernon site.

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Vermont Yankee closure discussed at business group's fall conference

November 21, 2013

Read the full article at the Brattleboro Reformer

On Nov. 20, Vermont Businesses For Social Responsibility held its 21st annual fall conference at the Grand Summit at Mount Snow. One of the discussions had been titled "Vermont Yankee Decomissioning -- Issues and Opportunities." A panel went over several questions based on the theme.

"I hope people leave with a little more knowledge," said moderator Jeff Potter, editor of The Commons. "I encourage you to keep engaging and keep at it. ... It really touches on pretty much every aspect of living down here."

Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network Representative Deb Katz presented photographs showing a nuclear site that was being cleaned. Sites such as these become toxic waste dumps, she told conference attendees.

"This is a cautionary tale. There are no good solutions to nuclear power and no great solution to clear the site up. You have a situation where you're choosing the best of the worst," she said, advocating for Vermont Yankee employees to be hired for cleaning because they would have knowledge of spills and other events that could help in the clean-up.

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Entergy's Nuclear Limbo Threatens Public Safety

October 23, 2013

Entergy's Nuclear Limbo Threatens Public Safety

Contact: Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network 4213 339 5781, Chris Williams VT Citizens Action Network, 802 767 9131, Jessica Azulay, Alliance for a Green Economy (315) 480-1515

Entergy, the corporation that owns the troubled Vermont Yankee, FitzPatrick and Pilgrim nuclear reactors is cutting the workforce, failing to invest in key equipment, and showing increasing indecision about keeping its reactors running. Entergy's uncertainty creates a unique safety hazard, and nuclear watchdogs have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expand an investigation into how the plants economic problems impact public safety. The request is a supplement to a petition accepted for investigation by the NRC by Citizens Awareness Network, Vermont Citizens Action Network, Alliance for a Green Economy, and Pilgrim Watch.

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Decommissioning on Vermont This Week

October 25, 2013

Watch it at Vermont Public Television


Atty Gen Bill Sorrell on The Mark Johnson Show

October 17, 2013

Listen here

Sorrell discusses Vermont Yankee, privacy issues and says he's running again next year.


Advisory panel pushes quick restoration of Vermont Yankee site

October 23, 2013

Full article at Vermont Digger

[...] The Vermont Citizens Action Network takes a different position on decommissioning than many of the other anti-nuclear groups. The network is advocating for an expedited SAFSTOR method that would last 15 to 25 years, rather than a full 60 years.

“If you go slowly and thoroughly, you’re allowing for more time for the financial instruments to do their thing,” said Chris Williams, president of the network. One of the issues at play is that Vermont Yankee has roughly $580 million in its decommissioning fund, and a DECON dismantling would cost roughly $1 billion. Williams also says it is less costly to take apart a plant when it has had more time to cool.

Williams and his group want the spent fuel to be removed from the pool and put into dry-cask storage containers as soon as possible. They want up to 60 percent of the workforce to remain on site to help with the process, and they want the site returned to a condition that does not restrict its future use due to radioactivity or contamination. The last request for unrestricted use mirrors that of VSNAP.

While the state and interested groups can pressure Entergy, the NRC has the final say over almost all decommissioning matters.

Read the full article


Fairewinds Team on Nuclear Free Future with Margaret Harrington

From Fairewinds (view transcript here)


State weighs what conditions to place on Vermont Yankee closing

October 9, 2013

Full article at VT Digger

For more than a year, Entergy has been embroiled in the process of applying for a new permit to continue operating the plant. But after announcing its intention to close the plant at the end of 2014, Entergy amended its application. Rather than petitioning the Vermont Public Service Board to permit the plant until 2032, Entergy now seeks a certificate of public good to run the plant until Dec. 31, 2014.

The Department of Public Service has opposed the re-permitting of the plant since Gov. Peter Shumlin came into office in 2011. But the sea change in Entergy’s plans for the plant is causing the department and Shumlin’s administration to recalculate their strategy.

Read more here


State lawmakers to discuss Vermont Yankee closure

October 9, 2013

Full article at the Brattleboro Reformer

VERNON -- Members of two state House committees specializing in economic development and energy will travel here later this month to host a community discussion about the impacts of Vermont Yankee's pending closure.

The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development and the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy are scheduled to convene joint meetings at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Vernon Elementary School.

Read more here


Storage questioned at Vt. Yankee, other plants

October 6, 2013

Full article at WCAX

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is being asked to restrict storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste in spent fuel pools like the one at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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Attention turns to details of closing VY

September 30, 2013

By Terri Hallenbeck. Full article at the Burlington Free Press

For years, Chris Williams fought to close Vermont Yankee. Now that the nuclear power plant’s owner is getting ready to close the Vernon facility, you might think he’d be pushing for decommissioning the plant lickity-split.

Instead, Williams is using the words “slow and thorough” to describe how he’d like to see decommissioning go. Mind you, he’s not signing on to the 60 years that the federal government could allow, but said something like 20 to 25 years would be appropriate.

Williams’s Citizens Action Network is starting to gather support for a plan the anti-nuclear group has put together following Entergy Corp.’s announcement this summer that it will close the plant in 2014.

Read more here


Anti-nuclear Group Calls For Go-Slow Approach For Yankee Decommissioning

September 27, 2013

By John Dillon. Full article at Vermont Public Radio

An anti-nuclear group is calling for a slow, deliberative decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Vermont Citizens Action Network says it opposes the 60-year decommissioning time frame that Entergy Vermont Yankee wants to follow.

But the group says it may take 20 years or so to safely dismantle the plant.

Entergy Vermont Yankee plans to shutdown the plant late next year. The company then has up to six decades to dismantle and decommission the plant under a government-approved process known as “SAFSTOR.”

Some Entergy critics – including Gov. Peter Shumlin – want the plant decommissioned as quickly as possible so the site can be used for a new power plant or other industry. But anti-nuclear activist Chris Williams says not so fast. Williams, the president of Vermont Citizens Action Network, is calling for a slower decommissioning timetable.

Read more here.


How close is your home to a nuclear power plant?

March 1, 2013

If a crisis at a nuclear reactor happened in the U.S., could you be living in a danger zone? In a 10-mile radius, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the air could be unsafe to breathe in the event of a major catastrophe. In 50 miles, food and water supplies may be unsafe.

How close is your home? Check now.



Vermont Yankee Case Gains National Importance

July 12, 2012

Reposted from Progressive States Network:

Dangerous Corporate Lawsuit Could Result in Chilling Effect on State Legislatures

A federal court case arising out of Vermont could have dramatic implications for state sovereignty and the ability of legislatures to regulate corporate activities within their borders. Nine states and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) are standing in support of the State of Vermont in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. Vermont is appealing a controversial lower court ruling that, if upheld, would overturn decades of case law defining how courts determine legislatures’ “intent” and whether their actions are preempted by federal authority. Should Vermont lose, NCSL predicts a chilling effect in legislatures across the country and a move toward limiting public debate and open government.

Read more here.

Fairewinds Team on Nuclear Free Future with Margaret Harrington

Atty Gen Bill Sorrell

HOT! New Video of Vermont Yankee

May 31, 2012

Check out the new video profile of Vermont Yankee, by the Hot Posse media collaborative. It hits all the major highlights in the ongoing horror show we know as Vermont Yankee -- in under four minutes! The safety problems! ... the leaks! ... the lies! ... the hypocrisy! and not least, Entergy’s ongoing assault on democracy. 

Hot Posse 104 Series: Vermont Yankee - on YouTube

Please watch, send it to your friends, share it on Facebook, blast it out on Twitter. Help us get it out, far and wide

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Prompts Calls For U.S. Safety Review

March 15, 2011 by VPR
Experts say the growing problems at crippled nuclear power plants in Japan may prompt a review of safety issues in the U.S. If there is a review, Vermont Yankee would probably be part of it because its design is similar to the reactors in Japan.

Fukushima Reactors Same Age, Design as Vermont Yankee

March 15, 2011 by 24/7 Wall St.
It’s no surprise that the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power generating site is causing an almost instant re-thinking of global nuclear policy. It is not even surprising that it took a disaster of this magnitude before the issue of nuclear power got the scrutiny it deserves.

With new scrutiny on nuclear power, Vermont's aging plant faces critics

March 15, 2011 by The Boston Globe
The catastrophe at Japan's nuclear power plants has added new impetus to the debate over whether to extend the operating license for an aging plant in Vermont.
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