Vermont Yankee May Be Shut Down On A Technicality

Vermont Yankee, the aging BWR reactor (like Fukushima Daiichi) has been battling with the state of Vermont over the right to operate. Now the plant owner has realized a part of their agreements that may cause the plant to be shut down. The Vermont board that oversees reactors in the state wrote an agreement that allowed Vermont Yankee to build and store spent fuel on site. But the way it is written only allows the plant to store on site fuel from the original license that expires this month.

The board noted that when it allowed Entergy to expand its waste storage, it gave the company permission to store only spent nuclear fuel that was generated from operations up to March 21, 2012.”

Now Vermont Yankee’s operator is running back to the federal judge asking them to fix this. If the court can’t compel the state of Vermont to modify the agreement Vermont Yankee may be out of luck.

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