Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant gets a 20-year extension

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station another 20 years operating license.

Vermont Yankee operator Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) submitted the application for 20-year extension of its operating license in January 2006, and the NRC has conducted an extensive safety and environmental review of the application.

“This is the final step in the NRC’s detailed technical and legal process of examining whether it’s appropriate to issue a renewed license,” said NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. “Since there are other approval processes outside the NRC, we’ll continue to ensure Vermont Yankee is meeting the appropriate public health and safety standards regardless of the reactor’s ultimate status.”

Located in Vernon, Vermont, on the West bank of the Connecticut River, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant generates some 650-megawatts of electricity and employs 650 people. In fact, Vermont Yankee provides more than a third of the electricity needs for the state.

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