Last year, the state’s highest court ordered the Department of Environmental Protection to come up with new regulations to ensure the state meets emissions reduction goals in three years. Those goals were put into law in 2008.
Preparing for emergencies in towns near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has wound down this past year. But Entergy, the plant’s owner, is providing the state of Vermont with funding to continue planning at a reduced level.
Vermont Yankee’s 10-mile emergency planning zone is about to expire as the nuclear power plant continues its decommissioning process. The new protocol will directly impact 18 communities and its more than 35,000 residents in three states, from jobs to activating and funding local emergency operations.
Fifteen months ago, state officials heralded what they said was a landmark agreement with the owners of Vermont Yankee. But new legal battles are already brewing over the decommissioning of the Vernon nuclear reactor.
A more than three-hour public meeting started with the NRC and Entergy officials describing how and when Vermont Yankee will be decommissioned. The plan under federal review calls for the process to be completed by 2075.
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant entered its final shutdown Monday at 1:03 pm. The 620 Megawatt reactor has been generating electricity for more than 42 years.