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

The Latest on Vermont Yankee

The Latest on Vermont Yankee

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 ...

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Public Service Board Skeptical of Entergy’s Claims

Public Service Board Skeptical of Entergy's Claims

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.

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Staying Strong on VY: Rally held at State House

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.

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Legislative Preview: What’s on the Docket for 2012?

Legislative Preview: What's on the Docket for 2012?

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, ...

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From the Courtroom to you: Day 3

From the Courtroom to you: Day 3

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.

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From the Courtroom to you: Day 2

From the Courtroom to you: Day 2

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.

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From the Courtroom to you: Day 1

From the Courtroom to you: Day 1

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.

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