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
An Update from VPIRG Director, Paul Burns, on Friday, March 16 As you know, nearly two months ago Judge Garvan Murtha handed Vermonters a significant defeat when he ruled that state legislators had exceeded their authority to regulate the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. In light of this decision and as we approach the date that VY ...Read More
When Judge Garvan Murtha ruled against Vermont a month ago in Entergy’s lawsuit against the state, he made very clear that the state still has authority over the plant, through Vermont’s Public Service Board. On Friday, the Public Service Board, which oversees all electric generation in the state, started to exercise that authority.Read More
On Monday, Vermonters gathered outside the State House in Montpelier to thank Governor Shumlin and other state leaders for moving Vermont toward a clean energy future and for their support for retiring Vermont Yankee on schedule.Read More
U.S. District Court Judge Garvan Murtha just released his ruling in Entergy Louisiana’s lawsuit against the state of Vermont regarding Vermont Yankee. In a blow to clean energy and the public interest, Murtha sided with Entergy in striking down key sections of Vermont law.Read More
We continue to work toward building a clean, renewable, reliable energy future for our state. VPIRG is working to pass a bill ensuring that a greater portion of your electricity comes from renewable sources. And, with 50% of Vermont’s electricity already coming from clean energy sources like solar, wind, and hydropower, our goal, ...Read More
Day three: Entergy turned a corner and put in a strong push down the home stretch, but the state also did well. Ultimately, I think they fought to a draw on day three which means that the overall three day hearing favored the state.Read More
If Day 1 of the Vermont Yankee court case was a roller coaster, the second day was more of a “slow and steady wins the race” kind of day. From witness one through the close of the day’s proceedings nine hours later the state largely just kept adding to their lead in the case.Read More
The first day of the Entergy vs. Vermont court case was a roller coaster. I went in with great optimism, feeling that the law is on the state’s side and that justice will prevail. Then I met Entergy’s corporate lawyer team.Read More