Entergy confirms that it has removed fuel from Vermont Yankee

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by letter on Jan. 12 that it has permanently ceased operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and has removed the fuel from the reactor.

Entergy Nuclear Operations confirmed that it stopped generating electricity at Vermont Yankee on Dec. 29. The company “also certifies that the fuel has been permanently removed from the VYNPS [Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station] reactor vessel and placed in the spent fuel pool,” Entergy said in the letter.

The letter was signed by Christopher Wamser, Site Vice President at Vermont Yankee.

Entergy had first notified NRC in September of 2013 of its decision to permanently cease power generation at Vermont Yankee.

In a separate letter to the Vermont Public Service Department, the company also confirmed that it has “closed on two credit facilities that will permit it to complete the planned spent nuclear fuel (SNF) loading campaign activities through the year 2020.”

This financial strategy should permit Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to minimize the use of the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust for such activity.

Vermont Yankee was a roughly 600-MW boiling water reactor (BWR) in Windham County, Ver., which was commissioned in 1972.

Entergy decided to prematurely close the nuclear plant, citing poor market conditions in the era of cheap natural gas. The company had also long been at loggerheads with Vermont state officials about the future of the plant.

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