Vermont Senate votes to deny relicensing of nuclear power plant

February 25, 2010 – In a vote that could pose a challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to restart the American nuclear energy sector, the Vermont State Senate voted to block federal relicensing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

In a roll call the Vermont State Senate voted 26-to-4 to block the federal relicensing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant operated by its parent company Entergy Nuclear. The reactor is currently operating on a 40-year license, which is set to expire on March 12, 2012.

Vermont Yankee is a GE boiling water reactor type nuclear power plant that produces 620 MW of electricity. The power plant – Vermont’s only nuclear generating facility – entered commercial operation in 1972 and was upgraded in 2006.

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Entergy applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license extension of 20 years on January 2006. A license extension would allow the plant to operate until March 21, 2032. The application is currently being reviewed by the applicable regulatory agencies.


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