Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
1.0 Site Identification
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||Power Reactor Facility
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 operated 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. In the 2014 PSDAR, license termination was scheduled to take place by 2073.
On February 9, 2017, Entergy and NorthStar Group Services, Inc. (NorthStar) submitted a request to transfer the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station license from Entergy to NorthStar for the purposes of expedited decommissioning. The NRC issued an Order approving the transfer of the plant operating license in October 2018. The transfer included the plant’s dry cask spent fuel storage facility. Under the accelerated timeline, the completion of decommissioning work at Vermont Yankee is expected by 2030. The spent fuel will be stored in the on-site Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) until transferred to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The transfer to DOE is assumed to be complete by 2052 at which point the ISFSI will be decommissioned and the NRC license terminated.
3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues
4.0 Estimated Date For Closure
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, November 13, 2020