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.