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

Reflections on the VT Environmental Summit

Reflections on the VT Environmental Summit

Sunday’s VT Environmental Summit, co-hosted with Toxics Action Center, was a real highlight of my time working with VPIRG so far.  Over 75 people joined us at Vermont Technical College to spend a day meeting new people, learning more about the issues we all care about and how we can make the biggest impact working ...

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Retire Vermont Yankee: March, Rally, Training & Hearings

Retire Vermont Yankee: March, Rally, Training & Hearings

The fight to retire Vermont Yankee is not over!  For months we’ve been waiting for this.  Mark your calendar now for a few key dates that will help us to close the books on VY once and for all! Retire VY March & Rally Saturday, November 17th ~ 12:30 – 2 pm Get fired up and show your ...

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VPIRG Statement on Entergy’s latest lawsuit against Vermont

VPIRG Statement on Entergy’s latest lawsuit against Vermont

For Immediate Release: 9/12/12 Given Entergy’s track record, it’s not a surprise that it would rather spend its money on high-priced lawyers than pay its fair share to the people of Vermont.  That’s what this lawsuit is all about.  And the fact is, Entergy is still only being asked to cough up a fraction of what ...

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VPIRG Intern Making an Impact

VPIRG Intern Making an Impact

South Burlington resident and soon-to-be Connecticut College senior, Scott Britt, is interning with VPIRG’s Field team this summer.  As a government major, he’s focused on learning how to inform and engage citizens on important issues of the day, from wind energy to the Bottle Bill. Having wasted no time getting his hands dirty, Scott has toured ...

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VPIRG weighs in on VY Appeal

VPIRG weighs in on VY Appeal

VPIRG, CLF, NEC and VNRC jointly filed a ‘Friends of the Court’ brief outlining the reasons behind our support of the State’s appeal to overturn the decision of Judge Murtha. Amicus brief available for download.

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New Book Details VPIRG’s Role in Fight to Close VY

New Book Details VPIRG's Role in Fight to Close VY

In 2010, Vermont legislators voted to shutter a nuclear power plant, putting the state at odds with the federal government and the plant’s owner—the Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation. Public Meltdown explores the debate that roiled Vermont, including the lawsuits and court action that followed.

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Groups Mark 40th Anniversary with Renewed Commitment to Retire VY

Many of the groups who have led the massive grassroots, policy and legal effort to retire Vermont Yankee over the years gathered at the State House this morning to make clear that they aren’t going away or giving in on this 40th anniversary of the plant’s launch. March 21st is the day that was to have ...

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