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
On September 6th, 2011 VPIRG, in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation, filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of Vermont’s case against Entergy’s lawsuit.Read More
Entergy Louisiana announced today its plan to refuel its Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor, even though it used the threat of shutting down in an attempt to pressure federal Judge Garvan Murtha into granting it permission to continue operating while its lawsuit winds through the courts.Read More
Minutes ago Judge J. Garvan Murtha sided with the state of Vermont, denying Entergy Lousiana its request for a Preliminary Injunction (PI) to keep Vermont Yankee open past its expiration date while the court case proceeds.Read More
The Attorney General’s decision today may come as good news to Entergy officials who were in danger of being criminally charged, but it’s hardly good news to the tens of thousands of Vermonters who count on that facility to be run by a company that is both competent and reliable. The fact that Entergy ...Read More
Sen. Sanders had previously learned that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had held secret meetings with Entergy Louisiana and subsequently voted 3-2 in a secret meeting to urge the DOJ to take Entergy’s side in litigation over the future of Vermont Yankee.Read More
The 2011 legislative session was filled with victories on VPIRG-backed legislation across each of our program areas. With a new governor in office for the first time in eight years, our small state suddenly had opportunities to pass the kind of major policy initiatives that our friends in other parts of the country could only ...Read More
One of my favorite things about directing VPIRG is that by working with members like you and our partners across the state, we manage to get things done that my colleagues in other states can only dream about. Consider our list of accomplishments in the legislative session that just ended on Friday.Read More
The Vermont Electric Coop board of directors just voted 9-1 to reject Entergy’s offer to sell power to them after 2012. The Coop has stood up and said they’re not interested in doing business with an untrustworthy corporation like Entergy Lousiana.Read More