Vermont Yankee Top Story in 2013
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#1 Dec 30, 2013
Vermont Yankee closing ranked top story of 2013
By DAVE GRAM / Associated Press
Posted: 12/30/2013 03:00:00 AM EST
MONTPELIER -- Two weeks after winning a key legal battle to stay open, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plants owners did what nuclear critics had been after them to do for decades and what the state had been demanding for years: announce the plant would close in late 2014.
The surprise announcement on Aug. 27 by Entergy Corp. was chosen as the top Vermont story of 2013 in a year-end poll of journalists working for Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters in the state.
In the end, it was not marches on the plant gates by singing protesters or the states refusal to give Vermont Yankee the go-ahead to operate another 20 years that prompted the companys decision; rather, it was low natural gas prices and the structure of New Englands wholesale power market making one of the nations oldest and smallest commercial reactors uneconomical to operate.
"The bottom line is the plants costs exceed its revenue as we look into the future," Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, said as he and other company officials announced the closing. "The decision was solely based on economics."
The announcement came two weeks after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York largely upheld a lower-court decision blocking Vermonts efforts to force the plant to close. Gov. Peter Shumlin called it "the right decision for Vermont and the right decision for Vermonts clean energy future."
The challenges going forward will include shoring up Windham Countys economy after more than 600 well-paid employees at the plant are laid off, and planning and executing the plants decommissioning -- dismantling and removing its radioactive components and restoring the Vernon site.
#2 Jan 5, 2014
...and so the unraveling of the utopian view is allready beggining to unravel under the weight of reality. Now they want to run a transmission line down the spine of New Hampshire. All this time, money, discontent and major scarring of a beautiful landscape to get back what is (partially) being thrown away by the shutdown of Vermont Yankee. ISO NE at odds with the Relibility Committe should send a strong message (at least to those with 2 sides of a brain). VY supplied 1/2 of what's intended to be brought in from Canada; it's in place, it runs reliably, efficiently, and GREEN. In terms of the economic and human resources forever lost, the Brattleboro area may not recover in our lifetime . Any light-bulbs going off yet?
#3 Jan 5, 2014
utopian view...that any vital utility should be provided by unreliable 1960s technology...especially the first generation of a new technology.
You are a Luddite believing and depending on Vermont Yankee...
#4 Jan 5, 2014
They should a put a no red tape natural gas pipeline up the spine of Vermont .
I mean that is the problem, everyone is using environmentalism as a tool to sabotage their competitor energy source
#5 Jan 5, 2014
The natural gas market is a primitively regulated energy source it has been over the decades one of the most crooked sources of energy and electricity known to mankind in the USA
#6 Jan 6, 2014
The news that the DirtyBomb in Vernon is finally going to be SHUT DOWN was good news indeed!
But it will still be running for the rest of this year, which means there's still the possibility of it having a meltdown*, therefore the really Great news will be when it's finally OFF
My pick for top Vermont news item of last year-
2 Headed Calf Born In Whiting Vermont
Huffington Post- October 3, 2013
Remember how in 2011 officials documented that cesium-137 was found in Vermont milk?
in the news NOW...
LA Times Wakes Up - Pacific Ocean Is DYING, Food Fish Vanish
Radiation Is In SoCal Soil, Seaweed, Cattle & Chicken Feed
Dumbest Gore Warming Quotes On Coldest Day In Decades
#7 Jan 6, 2014
An expert and highly paid pro nuker portraying or playing a dipcy anti nuker...
His job is to belittle the pro safety contingent!
#8 Jan 6, 2014
and what was THE Biggest news story of 2013 for All of North America ?
No, not the Screw Job on the middle class known as the unconstitutional mandates of 'Obamacare'
No, not the continued murders of those who expose the traitor Obama or his cronies like Andrew Breitbart, Loretta Fuddy, Michael Hastings and Tom Clancy etc.
No, not the feds/DHS buying up over Two Billion rounds of ammunition to shoot us with when the New World Order basturds cause the total collapse of the once lawful 'dollar' and the economy and Martial Law takes over and the U.S. becomes like a Mad Max scenario
No, not the global warming alarmist 'scientists' getting stuck in ice that top alarmist Al Gore said years b4 was not to be there at all
and No not even the ongoing story of American Hero Edward Snowden revealing the horrendous treasonous illegal activities of what used to be Our government
Can anyone guess what THE Biggest most important story of 2013 was?
Hint: Just because the proven liars and obfuscators of the msm don't report much on it doesn't mean it isn't of THE Greatest Import !
#9 Jan 6, 2014
#10 Jan 7, 2014
-nice try, but the gibberish we get from the NWO scum that run the govt. & the gibberish from the msm is an ongoing problem, year after year
Any other guesses as to what the Real TOP U.S. story of 2013 was?
Another hint: It'll also be THE top story of 2014, since it ain;t going away but is Worsening
Al Sharpton Demonstrates Hes Clueless About Global Warming
Sharpton wears a white science coat to push propaganda
I sooo Love the art of David Dees!
#11 Jan 7, 2014
Can't take a hint?
#12 Jan 8, 2014
-and obviously, as anyone with a brain knows, THE biggest story of 2013 (also to be the biggest of 2014)- The ongoing Human Extinction Event of FUKTUPSHITA Japan thanks to ewe G-d nuketards!
#13 Jan 8, 2014
Nope. it is the low low income level alarm for millions of us with a hopeless future...
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