Entergy To Put VT Yankee On Market

11/04/10 6:06AM

A top Vermont utility regulator tells the Associated Press that Entergy Corporation will announce this week that it wants to sell the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

David O'Brien is commissioner of the Department of Public Service, and says an Entergy executive told him the public announcement that Vermont's lone reactor is on the market will come within the next day or two.

Entergy would not comment.

Rumors have swirled for weeks that Entergy may try to sell the 650-megawatt reactor in Vernon.

The plant is seeking a 20-year license extension, but the Vermont state Senate voted against that in February. The vote came a month after it was announced that radioactive tritium was leaking from the plant into surrounding soil and water.

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