- Location: Vernon, Vermont
- Owner / Operator: Entergy Generating Co.
- Total Construction Cost: $3.3B (2018$)
- Total Plant Output: 620MW
- Property Size: 120 acres
- Status: DECON
- Current DTF Balance: $590M (2018$)
- Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $760M (2018$)
- Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 703 metric tons
Vermont Yankee was a single-unit boiling water reactor that produced 620MW MW of electricity. The plant began operating in 1972 and was licensed to operate for 40 years through 2012. In 2006, Vermont Yankee applied to the NRC for a 20-year license renewal that was granted in 2011 extending the licensed operations through 2032. In 2013, citing economic reasons, the plant owner’s announced that Vermont Yankee would close in 2014.
Vermont Yankee is in SAFSTOR status. In 2016, Entergy announced its intent to sell Vermont Yankee to Northstar Group Services for decommissioning. This transaction received approval from the NRC in 2018 and is awaiting similar approvals from the state of Vermont. Entergy hosts a website that provides information on the decommissioning process. Vermont’s decommissioning website is found here.
Vermont Yankee is located in Windham County, Vermont. As of 2016:
- Population: 43,000
- Per Capita Annual Income: $49,000
- Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.1%
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant employed 650 workers from across New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, and paid approximately $66M in annual salaries and benefits. During operations, the plant contributed half of Vernon’s $2 million tax base.
The Deeper Dig: A plan for what’s left of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant – VTDiggerVermont’s only nuclear plant is about two years away from being fully decommissioned.Read More
Vermont Yankee nuclear plant teardown ahead of schedule VERNON, Vt. – With the reactor building serving as one of the final structures standing, the decommissioning of the former Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been progressing steadily with a potential finish date four years ahead of its 2030…Read More
Vermont Yankee decommissioning finances look good VERNON – NorthStar Holding Co. is living – and working – within its budget to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. At a meeting earlier this week of the state Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, an attorney with the Department of Public Service said NorthStar was within its […]Read More
A reporter tours Vermont Yankee & witnesses the dismantling of a nuclear power plant The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon once employed more than 600 people, and at the height of its operation, supplied about a third of the state’s electricity. But the plant shut down in 2014, and this week, the final […]Read More
Vermont panel hears strategies to store nuclear waste in boreholes The V ermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel’s Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee has been meeting to assess federal policies and review potential nuclear waste storage methods. During its meeting this week the panel heard from a company that is proposing to use borehole technology […]Read More
NRC officials say leaking casks are responsibility of NorthStar BRATTLEBORO – If Vermont Yankee’s radioactive waste casks start leaking, it’ll be up to the plant owner to figure what to do. That’s the word from two key officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who on Monday said NorthStar Group Services will determine a course of […]Read More
Nuke panel gets update on radioactive waste issues Despite financial difficulties facing a NorthStar affiliate company in Texas, officials say there will be space in the low-level radioactive waste facility for all of the waste and debris from the demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.Read More
NRC approves ‘indirect’ license transfer for Vermont Yankee VERNON – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved what it calls an indirect license transfer of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant site to a corporate partner of NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co. LLC. NorthStar and its parent company, John F.Read More
Vermont Panel Hears Update On Federal Nuclear Waste Storage Policies A committee of the advisory panel monitoring the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant held a meeting this week to get an update on federal nuclear waste policy and the potential ramifications for the Vermont plant. On January 11th, 2019 Entergy completed its […]Read More
Proposed bill carries big bonus for Vernon VERNON – A bill introduced in Congress by Vermont’s three-member congressional delegation concerning the decommissioning of nuclear power plants would provide a stunning financial windfall for the town of Vernon – up to $18 million a year. The bill, the Nuclear Decommissioning Act of 2020, is co-sponsored by […]Read More