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 Nos.: 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. Currently the licensee intends to have all spent nuclear fuel in dry cask storage by August 2018.

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 and defueled functions of the facility has been completed. The activity focused on adapting the application of the regulations to post-shutdown and defueled requirements related to technical specifications, quality assurance, security, emergency planning, finance and insurance.

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.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


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

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, July 19, 2018