25 Jul '11, 8pm

Biting the Bullet, Vermont Yankee Orders Fuel

Biting the Bullet, Vermont Yankee Orders Fuel

Associated Press The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on the banks of the Connecticut River. Unless a court intervenes, the clock is winding down on the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. Its initial license expires next March, and the state of Vermont is blocking a permit that it needs to run beyond then. But its owner, Entergy, which is suing the state in federal court over the permit, announced on Monday that it would order a new load of fuel for the plant, essentially betting that the legal proceedings will come out in its favor. Fuel for reactors is ordered in batches, and at Vermont Yankee , in Vernon, on the Connecticut River just north of the Massachusetts border, the fuel is supposed to last four and half years. The next refueling is scheduled for October, when one-third of the fuel bundles are supposed to be replaced at a cost of about $50 million. The shutdown for refu...

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