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Vermont Yankee Closing?: The Debate Goes On

December 13, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

This morning, Howard Shaffer wrote an excellent post at the ANS Nuclear Cafe blog: Vermont's nuclear debate, continued. In Howard's blog post, he mentioned the real-time debate/discussion that we had on the Walking Through Life local access television show about a week ago. This show, hosted by Linda Carbino, often deals with issues of...[read more]

Howard Shaffer - Vermont’s nuclear debate, continued

December 13, 2010 by Joseph Koblich
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With Vermont’s governor-elect, Peter Shumlin (D.)—the self-described number one opponent of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant—picking his cabinet and maintaining a high profile, the struggle continues unabated by the plant’s proponents who want to keep it from being shut down. Vermont Energy and the Climate Action Conference On...[read more]

Shumlin Won. Scott Won. Referendum on Vermont Yankee? I Don't Think So.

November 4, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

Election is Over! Thank Heavens!And I think I can speak for many when I say I thought the campaign would never end. It's been negative. Very negative.Shumlin Won.Oh yeah. It's over and Peter Shumlin won the race for governor. Did I mention that?Peter Shumlin stated, over and over, that he was against Vermont Yankee being relicensed....[read more]

Will IBM Stay In Vermont if Yankee Leaves?

October 20, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

Liar Liar Two Years Ago?IBM's wafer fab plant employs thousands of people in Essex Junction. It is the biggest private employer in the state. If Vermont Yankee is voted off the island, will IBM sail away?Today, Vermont Public Radio (VPR) described this issue in a short article: Shumlin Works to Change Image. VPR has these quotes from...[read more]

Vermont Yankee, Reliability and Connecticut: De-Mystified

September 4, 2010 by Meredith Angwin
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ISO-NE Insists on Vermont YankeeYesterday's post described how ISO-NE (the New England grid operator) required Vermont Yankee to stay in the 2013 forward electricity auction. Yankee had asked to drop out because it has neither a license renewal nor a certificate of public good past 2012. ISO-NE, however, said that Yankee had to stay in...[read more]

Thank Goodness I Do Not Live In the Northern Land Of Fruits And Nut Cases

June 4, 2010 by Rod Adams
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There was a time when I lived in a large western state famous for producing a wide variety of fruits and nuts - both literally in their large agricultural sector and figuratively in their sadly amusing political sector. Since I was only a temporary California resident while attending graduate school, I did not get too concerned about the...[read more]

Vermont Electric Power by The Numbers - New Report to Be Issued by Coalition for Energy Solutions

April 30, 2010 by Rod Adams

There are some people who have the ability to turn almost any conversation about fantasy futures into a "boring" discussion involving honest numbers, real physics, material limitations and chemical equations. They are the geeky types who just do not know how to have fun by spinning tales involving perpetual motion, unlimited energy...[read more]

Consensus Economic Impact Report Of Vermont Yankee Scenarios

April 6, 2010 by Rod Adams

It is going to be a short post - I was up way too late last night watching a scrappy little college team take one of the elite programs in all of college basketball all the way to the wire in the National Championship game. Congratulations to both teams for an excellent game. The report commissioned by the Vermont Legislature on the...[read more]

Blogger bites junkyard dog

March 18, 2010 by a b

Vermont politician's remarks on solar energy get attention Readers may wish to take a look at the story in the March 18 edition of the Brattleboro Redformer a Vermont newspaper. about mis-statements of fact by Vermont State Senate Leader Peter Shumlin. In a TV interview, Shumlin asserted that Germany gets 30% of its electricity from...[read more]

Vermont Senate President Peter Shumlin Caught Lying to the American People on Fox News

March 15, 2010 by Rod Adams
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' Several weeks ago, Vermont Senate President Peter Shumlin called a vote of the Vermont Senate on whether or not to give the Public Service Commission permission to issue a certificate of public good for the continued operation of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. One of the premises underlying the decision that the Senate made...[read more]

Followup Nuclear Energy – Green Power

March 9, 2010 by Rich Maltzman

This is a followup to my post about whether or not nuclear power is considered green power and Vermont, the Green Mountain State’s issue with the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant license renewal.  I was channel surfing today and because of my “connection” with Vermont, the power plant in Vernon, and the refusal of by Vermont’s...[read more]

Vermont Health Department Reports One Leak Source Found at Vermont Yankee; All Samples For Isotopes Other Than Tritium are Natural Background

March 8, 2010 by Rod Adams

The Vermont Department of Health has a well organized page detailing the results of the search for the source(s) of tritiated water leaks at Vermont Yankee. It includes regular updates, site maps and detailed sample results. Based on an update dated March 5, 2010, a remotely operated pipe inspecting vehicle has helped workers discover...[read more]

GE BWR's Like Oyster Creek and Vermont Yankee Were Originally Designed For Power Uprate to 620 MWe

February 25, 2010 by Rod Adams

I came across an interesting statement in an article titled "Coal Industry Review" written by Alfred T. Wells, Jr. and published in the September-October 1964 issue of the Financial Analysts Journal. (I know, I need to find some more interesting hobbies besides digging through ancient magazine journal articles.) Here is the quote that...[read more]

Comparing A Leak of Tritium That Causes A Flurry to Two Oil Leaks That Are Virtually Ignored

January 27, 2010 by Rod Adams
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Several of my regular sources of information about the happenings associated with nuclear energy, including John Wheeler's This Week In Nuclear and Meredith Angwin's Yes Vermont Yankee have published stories about the recent flurry of news regarding the discovery of tritium in ground water on the site of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power...[read more]

Tritium: Fuel for Antinuclear Reactions

January 22, 2010 by John Wheeler

Fast Fission Podcast #22 – Get the MP3 File Here There is a political and public relations cauldron boiling in Vermont over a recently discovered tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.   Tritium is a mildly radioactive isotope of hydrogen and has a 10 day biological half-life when it is ingested by humans.  The...[read more]