NRC says Vermont Yankee must study metal fatigue

A federal review panel says Entergy Vermont Yankee should not be allowed to operate after 2012 unless it conducts a more detailed analysis of aging metal components. The decision marks the first time that the three-judge panel has ruled against a company’s application for a license extension. But Yankee says it’s already doing the studies that the panel has called for.

Audit finds problems at nuclear parts supplier

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there’s no indication there were any problems with parts that were not inspected properly before being sent to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.