February 27, 2013, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 22, 2013, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Three courts, three cases
January 8, 2013, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
In Vermont, the Holiday Season did not slow the wave of actions and interest about energy in general and the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in particular. Vermont Yankee continues to run very well, and there have not been even any routine events for opponents to "crow" about.
December 24, 2012, 8:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
December 11, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Some long-awaited events related to the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant took place toward the end of 2012, such as the trial of some members of the Shut It Down Affinity Group (known to the media as the "nuclear grannies") who have been arrested many times for blocking Vermont Yankee's gates. Some unexpected events have occurred as well, such as a Public Service Board ruling and a brand new lawsuit by a long-term intervenor.
November 27, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
November 19, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Public Service Board hearing a success
October 23, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
There's a gap in Vermont's electrical supply. Or rather, there's a gap in Vermont's "committed electric resources"-that is, electricity contracts in place for Vermont utilities.
September 11, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
When the heat released by nuclear fission is used in a steam plant to produce mechanical power, the second law of thermodynamics dictates that a large part of the heat must be rejected to the environment. Most land-based nuclear plants reject heat by using cooling water from a river or ocean.
June 12, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Vermont Yankee's annual NRC performance review for the previous calendar year was held May 23, in Brattleboro Union High School, within 10 miles of the plant. In previous years, annual reports and state meetings have been held here, and in the Vernon Elementary School, across the road from the plant. The town of Vernon stopped hosting plant-related events due to behavior of some attendees.
May 29, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
A recent public meeting held by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) turned out to be a horrific way for a nuclear supporter to spend an evening. The NRC held the meeting to report its annual review of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's performance. The plant received the highest safety ratings, but that was not the focus of the May 23 meeting in Brattleboro, Vt.-to put it mildly.
January 25, 2011, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
View from Vermont