Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Location:

Vernon, Vermont
42.7803, -72.5158

Owner: 

Entergy Nuclear Operations

Population Within 10 Miles:

46,749

On-Site Dry Casks: 

Yes

Reactors

Vermont Yankee

Reactor Type: 

Boiling Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Shut Down

Licensed to Operate:

2/28/1973 to 3/21/2032

Notes: 

01/30/2008: UCS provided written and oral testimony to the Senate Finance Committee of the Vermont legislature during a hearing on a state bill calling for an independent safety assessment at Vermont Yankee. Download the pdf >

01/09/2008: UCS raised several questions regarding the aging of reactor vessel nozzles following a public meeting between the NRC staff and Vermont Vankee representatives.

01/23/2007: UCS questioned the NRC about the irrational claims of "unique uniformity" by Vermont Yankee's owner—when safety problems emerge at nuclear reactors like VY, the owner claims its design is unique so problem cannot occur, yet the owner relies on design uniformity to apply good operating experience from those same reactors. Download the pdf >

07/29/2005: UCS questioned the NRC about the wisdom of extending credit to a safety analysis band-aid that is already quite suspect. Download the pdf >

07/26/2005: UCS explained an automatic shut down of the reactor caused by a problem in the electrical switchyard. Download the pdf >

06/24/2004: UCS explained an automatic shut down of the reactor caused by a fire in the main transformer, with special attention to the unexpected trip of both recirculation pumps. Download the pdf >

03/12/2004: UCS conveyed to NRC Region I our reasons for advocating an independent safety assessment for the proposed power uprate at Vermont Yankee. Download the pdf >

12/18/2003: UCS filed written testimony with the State of Vermont's Public Service Board on the need for an independent safety assessment before the power uprate at Vermont Yankee. Download the pdf >

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