VPIRG is working to hold corporate owners accountable for the clean-up of the contaminated site and for the safe closure of Vermont Yankee.
After years of hard work, Vermont Yankee is set to close at the end of 2014. VPIRG pushed the Public Service Board for the state of Vermont to have a greater voice in the decommissioning process. Entergy has announced that cleaning up Vermont Yankee could cost $1.24 billion, and now estimates that the plant will sit idle for two decades before the process begins.
The good news is that the troubled plant will not be producing more radioactive waste in the mean time, and the highly dangerous fuel rods will be removed from the storage pool and put into safer dry cask storage. There remain a number of areas in which the State, through the Public Service Board, will have an opportunity to shape the decommissioning process, and VPIRG will work to watch-dog the next phase of Vermont Yankee’s life.
The Latest Vermont Yankee News & Updates
BARRE, VT— Vermont could dramatically reduce its climate pollution while improving the state’s economy and growing jobs, according to a new economic study released today by a diverse coalition of environmental, business and low-income groups. The benefits would be achieved by putting a price on carbon pollution and returning the revenue to Vermont citizens, businesses ...Read More
The Public Service Board (PSB) is deliberating about whether to grant Vermont Yankee a Certificate of Public Good for the next year. One thing’s for sure: We can’t let afford to let Entergy delay cleaning up the Vernon site. And the Board wants to hear from you! Starting at 7pm, public hearing will broadcast at live ...Read More
Vermont Yankee is officially closing in 2014! VPIRG will be working with our partners to make certain that Entergy pays for the cleanup and fully restores our land so that it’s safe for future generations. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the campaign to retire VY and transition Vermont toward a clean energy ...Read More
We need to show that Vermonters would support a decision to deny Entergy’s request for another 20-year permit to run Vermont Yankee, and we need to do it publicly. Thank you for taking the time to show your support for retiring VY by writing and submitting a letter-to-the-editor! It’s easy—just check out some of our (non-safety related) ...Read More
Second Circuit demands an impossible standard in siding with Entergy Louisiana over the interests of Vermonters The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to open government and rational decision making today when it issued a decision siding with Entergy Louisiana in its fight to continue operating the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The decision relied ...Read More
We’ve had enough of Entergy’s lies and leaks, and that’s why VPIRG is continuing to fight to make sure the plant is shuttered for good. Right now, we feel our best chance rests with the case currently pending before the PSB. As this phase of Public Service Board (PSB) hearings on Vermont Yankee wrapped up ...Read More
In communities across Vermont, citizens are bringing solutions to town. Whether its town meeting resolutions to keep Vermont free of tar sands oil or spreading critical information about upcoming changes to health care, check to see what’s on the docket in your community.Read More
Last week, an Entergy VP tried to convince the Public Service Board that Vermont Yankee’s troubling history of leaks and lies shouldn’t matter as the PSB deliberates whether to issue a Certificate of Public Good or “CPG,” which Entergy Louisiana needs to keep VY sputtering along). VPIRG and hundreds of our members have already weighed in, arguing that ...Read More