Contamination at Vermont Yankee (Again)

Sandy Levine | @CLFLevine

Recent news reports that dangerous Strontium-90 was found in wells on the Vermont Yankee site are troubling. It sure is a good thing the plant shut down in December. Now the contamination can hopefully be contained and it should be cleaned up.

Unfortunately, Vermont Yankee’s owners continue to see no problems.

Back in 2010 Strontium-90 was found both in the soil and in fish in the Connecticut River on whose banks the Vermont Yankee facility sits.

At the time, Vermont Yankee’s owners defied common sense and insisted the contamination was not from the facility. CLF called these claims silly. We provided regulators with expert testimony that a more likely explanation was that these radioisotopes migrated with groundwater. Turns out we were right.

Thankfully the plant is now shut down and the State of Vermont is getting independent tests of water samples. At least we know what’s there.

Too bad Vermont Yankee’s owner, Entergy Corporation, didn’t test more carefully on its own. And too bad Entergy is not stepping up to be more responsible and clean up the mess that is there.

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One Response to “Contamination at Vermont Yankee (Again)”

  1. Paul Blanch

    Connecticut Yankee discovered the exact same problem with strontium 90 in the ground water during its decommissioning. This contamination resulted in about $100 million additional costs.

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