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.

Federal panel’s hearing in Newfane wraps up

Representatives of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission faced some tough questioning from a panel of judges weighing a citizen group’s challenge to the proposed relicensing of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Nuclear Activist retires after 37 years with Coalition

For nearly 4 decades, Diana Sidebotham has watched and worried, but also acted. The 75-year old Sidebotham is the former head of the nuclear watchdog group The New England Coalition, the only organization currently bringing a legal challenge to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s efforts to keep running for another 20 years beyond its 2012 expiration date. Sidebotham speaks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about her retirement.