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Vermont Supreme Court Reviews Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Can the Vermont Public Service Board determine the meaning of its own orders? The answer would seem to be “Of Course!” But that is the question that Vermont Yankee’s owners are putting before the Vermont Supreme Court. In two orders the Vermont Public Service Board issued a strong rebuke to Entergy. The Board refused to…

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Vermont Yankee — Hanging by a Thread
by Sandy Levine

The past few weeks have not been kind to Vermont Yankee or its owners. Investment analysts continue to raise doubts about Yankee’s economic future. It is costing more to run the plant and its future looks bleak. In Vermont, hearings began last week before the Public Service Board on whether state approval should be granted.…

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Super Bowl Outage and Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Keeping the lights on shouldn’t be this difficult. The response by Entergy to the outage at the Super Bowl is very reminiscent of the responses by Entergy to the many problems at its Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It boils down to a piece of equipment failed and the power went out. A repeated problem at…

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The Dicey Economics of Hosting a Nuclear Plant
by Sandy Levine

This past week has shown Vermont first-hand the high cost of nuclear power. Hosting a plant in your state is clearly a high-stakes bargain. Vermont went to Court in Manhattan this week before a three judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals. (Read more here and here). It had fifteen minutes for its…

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Vermont Yankee – Worth More Dead than Alive
by Sandy Levine

The financial world is waking up to what a drag Vermont Yankee really is. The tired, old and leaking nuclear plant in Vermont is not carrying its weight. Financial analysts report that Vermont Yankee is economically vulnerable and a retirement announcement would boost stock prices for its parent, Entergy. You can read the UBS Investment…

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Vermont Yankee is in a Tight Box
by Sandy Levine

Regulators issued another strong rebuke to the owners of Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service Board strongly rejected Entergy’s requests to change prior orders. Entergy continues to operate in defiance of Vermont law. Patience with this sort of behavior is wearing thin.  Read the decision here. Entergy asked to change orders so that it would…

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Future of Vermont Yankee – Let your Voice be Heard
by Sandy Levine

When:  Monday evening, November 19, 2012 beginning at 7 pm. Where:  Vermont Interactive Television sites around Vermont – Find locations here. What:  Should Vermont Yankee – a tired, old nuclear facility on the banks of the Connecticut River retire and its untrustworthy owners close shop? How:  Speak up at a public hearing. This is YOUR…

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Hats Off: Request to Step-Up Oversight for Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Hats off to Vermont regulators for requesting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to put an end to the string of mishaps at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Vermont Yankee is an aging nuclear plant on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is increasingly showing its age and the time for stepped up oversight is…

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The Waste of Nuclear Power
by Sandy Levine

A recent decision from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) offers hope that the nuclear industry’s free ride is coming to an end. The problem of what to do with the ever-growing amount of nuclear waste that is stockpiled at nuclear sites around the country has been vexing industry and regulators for years. It is a shameful reminder…

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International Nuclear Lessons
by Sandy Levine

Environmental issues span the globe. When it comes to nuclear power, global action is needed. That’s why it was a privilege for CLF advocates to meet with a number of environmental lawyers from Japan, many of whom are members of the Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation. The tragedy of Fukushima shows the need for the US…