Articles by Jim McCarthy

 
This April 14, 1998 file photo shows the defunct Maine Yankee nuclear power plant in Wiscasset.

Nuked and duped: Maine may store nuclear waste for decades

By Jim McCarthy on May 25, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.
As politicians dither over a permanent repository for America’s radioactive waste, costs are mounting at closed nuclear power plants such as Maine Yankee, where approximately $8 million is spent each year safeguarding the spent nuclear fuel stored onsite. New security measures under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could force …
This April 14, 1998 file photo shows the defunct Maine Yankee nuclear power plant in Wiscasset.

Maine Yankee wins $81.69M lawsuit against federal government

By Jim McCarthy on May 22, 2012, at 5:38 p.m.
WISCASSET | The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed an earlier court decision requiring the federal government to pay $81.69 million in damages to the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. for the U.S. Department of Energy’s failure to remove high-level radioactive waste from the decommissioned nuclear reactor site …
Some of the cylindrical steel-lined concrete containers that comprise the spent fuel storage facility at Maine Yankee in Wiscasset.

Maine Yankee spends nearly $10 million a year to maintain spent fuel rods stored in Wiscasset

By Jim McCarthy on April 10, 2012, at 7:49 p.m.
Documents filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in advance of Tuesday’s $5 billion merger between Northeast Utilities of Hartford, Conn., and the Boston-based NStar reveal a hefty liability comes with the deal — namely, a 24 percent share of the $94.9 million Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. expects to …
 
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