Fairewinds was contacted in July by a public policy group in South Korea concerned with learning more about the decommissioning process of nuclear reactors. Traveling all the way from Seoul to the Fairewinds Energy Education headquarters in Vermont, the South Korean delegation met with the Fairewinds Crew for a five hour, in depth briefing on the current state of decommissioning in the United States.
Are the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi over? The answer is no. In Fairewinds’ latest video, Chief Engineer and nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen updates viewers on what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear meltdown site, Fukushima Daiichi.
In his testimony to the Senate Committee, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen emphasized the lack of a basis in physics for the 60-year timeline and the potential dangers and burden to Vermonters if Entergy is allowed to take 60-years to decommission Vermont Yankee.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an unreviewed and unregulated subsidy to the nuclear industry. Hosted by Chris Williams of Citizens Action Network, Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen details how Decommissioning Stakeholders’ Fund-amental Rights are being trampled.
Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen used the five minutes allotted to him by the NRC to distill 42-years of nuclear power expertise down to one main conclusion: the decommissioning and dismantlement of Vermont Yankee cannot wait.
Fairewinds Energy Education’s Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen had an interview with Mark Johnson on The Mark Johnson Show. The nine-am interview covered the recent discovery of a Strontium-90 leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear site.
What’s next for Vermont Yankee? Safe decommissioning and safe clean up of the plant by owner, Entergy. State supervision to make assure that Entergy continues to protect the people and environment of Vermont is imperative.
Entergy and the other nuclear power operators are proposing they be exempt from any emergency plans after a reactor is closed, because they say there is no risk. But the taxpayer is still paying for Price-Anderson insurance, because there is risk. The industry can’t have it both ways. If they want to eliminate emergency planning, then it’s time they pay for their own insurance.
Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. This catastrophe is the world's worst industrial disaster.
Nuclear Free Future host Margaret Harrington speaks with Fairewinds Founding Director Maggie Gundersen, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen, Media Producer Nathaniel White-Joyal, and Administrator Samantha Donalds about the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee.
By Amy Goodman, The Guardian
Welcome to the nuclear renaissance.
Entergy Corp, one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the US, issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans "to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont. The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014."
By Anne Galloway, Vermont Digger The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been the subject of one of the longest and most intensive anti-nuke campaigns in the region. Even before the plant was constructed on the banks of the Connecticut River in 1972, anti-nuclear activists demonstrated against Vermont Yankee with a fervor that bordered on religious conviction.
This report identifies five major issues at Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (ENVY) that may impact plant reliability:
- 1. Slow Progress Toward Developing Action Plans
- 2. Operational Issues
- 3. Reliability Issues (Contaminated Underground Pipe Data ,Entergy Hiring Freeze)
Whether it is maple syrup, cheese and rich cream, or organic vegetables,fruit, poultry or meat, in our opinion, “Made in Vermont” does not include holding onto corporate nuclear waste for 100 years.