United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: Vernon, VT
License No.: DPR-28
Docket No.: 50-271
License Status: SAFSTOR
Project Manager: Jack Parrott

2.0 Site Status Summary – spent fuel status & schedule

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station was a 1,912 Mwt, boiling water reactor that began operation in 1972.  The reactor was permanently shut down on December 29, 2014, and the fuel was removed from the reactor on January 12, 2015.

Entergy, which owns the facility, submitted the Vermont Yankee Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) to the NRC on Dec. 19, 2014.  In the PSDAR, Entergy stated its intention to move all of the spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage by 2020 and put the plant into SAFSTOR until it is ready to fully decommission the facility. License termination is scheduled to take place by 2073.

On January 24, 2017, Entergy and NorthStar Group Services, Inc. (NorthStar) participated in a public meeting with the NRC indicating their intention to request a transfer of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station license from Entergy to NorthStar for the purposes of decommissioning.  Under this proposal, if approved, the spent fuel would be planned to be moved to dry storage by the end of 2018.

The status of the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station can be found in the publicly available documents on these topics -

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

There are no major technical issues at this time. Major regulatory activity to adapt the operating plant license to the needs of the post-shutdown functions of the facility has been completed. The activity focused on adapting the application of the regulations to post-shutdown requirements related to security, emergency planning, finance and insurance.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


*The request from Entergy and NorthStar to transfer the NRC license for the plant that if approved would change the estimated date for closure to 2030.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, February 17, 2017