Vermont Yankee nuclear station is closing in 2014. The official announcement was made yesterday.
The announcement that Vermont Yankee will close makes 2013 a truly terrible year for nuclear power. Owners this year have announced the closing or closed a total of 5 nuclear plants--2 in California, 1 in Florida, and 1 in Wisconsin plus Vermont Yankee. That is nearly 5% of the US nuclear fleet.
The closing of any nuclear plant makes cutting carbon emissions that much harder, because the nuclear output will be replaced by a mix of coal, natural gas, and renewable production. The end result is more carbon emissions as well as other air pollutants.