The NFRC was established in 2002 to promote the construction and operation of nuclear reprocessing facilities. NFRC promotes reprocessing commercial spent nuclear fuel that is generated by commercial nuclear power plants.

Reprocessing dramatically reduces the amount of high-level radioactive waste that would have to be stored in a geologic repository. We also support reprocessing plutonium and highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close By End of 2014

Vermont Yankee
Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of next year, Entergy announced Tuesday.  The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.

Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement:
“Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community. We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.
When it closes, the plant will be placed in 'safe-store,' in which federal regulations allow it to be mothballed for up to 60 years while its radioactive components cool down before removal."
The New Orleans-based company has been battling with the state since 2010, when the Vermont Senate voted against a measure that would have authorized a state board to grant Vermont Yankee a permit to operate for an additional 20 years. Lawmakers were concerned about the plant’s safety and age, and misstatements by plant management about components at the reactor.  (Wash Post, 8/27/2013)

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