Entergy Corporation said Friday it had completed the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, which will decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station site.
The sale completion is a major step toward the safe, timely and efficient decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, and is a positive outcome for the Town of Vernon, Windham County, the State of Vermont and other stakeholders," Entergy said.
The sale is a first-of-its-kind in the nuclear power industry – a permanent ownership and license transfer to a company that is slated to perform timely and efficient decommissioning and site restoration.
The NorthStar decommissioning team includes Orano USA (reactor vessel segmentation and used fuel management support), Waste Control Specialists (waste management, packaging, transport and disposal) and Burns & McDonnell (engineering and regulatory support).
Entergy and NorthStar announced the sale agreement in November 2016. The Vermont Public Utility Commission on Dec. 6, 2018 issued an order approving the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and an amended Certificate of Public Good that authorizes NorthStar to own, possess the licenses for, and decommission Vermont Yankee. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Oct. 11, 2018 approved the transfer of Vermont Yankee's operating licenses to NorthStar.
The transaction closed on terms consistent with the companies' previously disclosed financial commitments and assurances, and no contribution to the nuclear decommissioning trust was required. For Entergy, the transaction will result in a pre-tax book charge to earnings in an amount that the company expects to be consistent with estimates previously disclosed. The estimated charge will be recorded in fourth quarter 2018 and will be considered a special item and excluded from operational results.
Entergy noted that the sale is one notch in its effort to exit the merchant nuclear power business.
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