Vermont Yankee

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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…

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Supporting Vermont – NOT Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation filed an Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief on behalf of Conservation Law Foundation, New England Coalition, Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Public Interest Research Group in support of the State’s appeal to overturn the decision of Judge Murtha that Vermont has no say regarding Vermont Yankee. Not so fast. As the…

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Putting an Old Nuclear Plant Out to Pasture – Slowly
by Sandy Levine

In a world where messages are sent instantaneously, it is hard to believe the time to consider (again) whether the continued operation of Vermont Yankee is good for Vermont would take more than a year. Entergy, Vermont Yankee’s owners, proposed a schedule to Vermont regulators that would have the case completed in just over eighteen…

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The Lights Will Stay On, Without Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Another false claim by Entergy – the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear facility in Vermont – is laid to rest. On Monday, the ISO-New England came out with an important determination that Vermont Yankee is not needed for reliability of the electrical grid. This has been brewing for awhile and is quite significant since…

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Vermont Yankee: Entergy Keeps Trying to Steamroll Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Entergy owns a tired old nuclear plant on the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont – a plant it wants to keep running despite escalating costs, threats to the environment and public health, and a history of false promises.  With old approvals in hand, Entergy continues to operate Vermont Yankee past its scheduled retirement date of…

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Vermont Yankee — A Sad Trend Continues
by Sandy Levine

As the scheduled retirement date for Vermont Yankee approaches, it becomes clearer than ever that this costly, tired, leaky and polluting plant’s days are numbered. The disappointing Federal Court decision that limited action by the Vermont Legislature to close Vermont Yankee kept intact review by Vermont utility regulators. That review began and Entergy is being pressed…