Vermont’s two largest electric utilities have
sued Entergy-Vermont Yankee over cooling tower failures at the nuclear power
plant more than four years ago. The utilities say Yankee failed to follow
standard utility practice to inspect and maintain the tower.
Vermont Yankee disputes state test results that show radioactive tritium has been found on the banks of the Connecticut River. But some say the discovery of any tritium in the river is noteworthy.
Earlier: Tritium Found In Well
State regulators have concluded that Vermont Yankee misled them about
there were underground pipes carrying radioactive material at the plant. Entergy Vermont Yankee now has to cover the legal fees of
environmental groups that have challenged the company’s request to
Vermont Yankee has so far declined to offer utilities a power contract for
electricity sold after 2012. That’s when the plant’s license expires. Yankee needs
approval from the Legislature to operate for another 20 years.