News Release — Vermont Public Service Department October 19, 2017 Contact: Anthony Leshinskie, State Nuclear Engineer (802) 272-1714 [email protected] Vermont Public Service Department Announces October 26, 2017 Meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. Montpelier, VT – The Public Service Department today announced the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will […]
Facing concerns raised by the Elnu Abenaki tribe, NorthStar Group Services says it will bring in a consultant on archaeological and anthropological issues during decommissioning.
Company officials say a deal to sell the nuclear plant will collapse if the state imposes stringent cleanup requirements.
The congressman says places like Vernon that must host spent nuclear fuel indefinitely should get federal dollars. His formula works out to potentially some $18 million a year for the town.
The companies say two New England Coalition consultants either aren’t qualified or ignored crucial information in their opposition to the sale of Vermont Yankee as proposed.
The trust, which is supposed to pay for the Vernon site cleanup, increased $13 million this year despite withdrawals by Entergy.
Regulators are raising contamination concerns after the plant’s potential buyer proposed burying up to 1.1 million cubic feet of crushed concrete at the Vernon site.
The coalition is also advocating for the New England standard be upheld in considering cleanup at the site.
If Entergy and NorthStar want this proposal to succeed, we suggest they openly address the many concerns expressed by all the intervenors in this process and commit to negotiating a settlement with terms agreeable to all the parties.
Early decommissioning offers many benefits to Windham County, both immediate and down the road.
The decommissioning regulatory process is meant to vet applications and approve the good ones, not to chase them away.
There is much the general public should be aware of.
Vernon’s Planning and Economic Development Commission wants the property to be available for redevelopment. Officials aren’t interested in seeing an “undeveloped nature preserve.”
The Vermont Public Service Department says NorthStar Group Services wants to blast a radiologically contaminated building. But NorthStar denies that, and federal regulators say they have no record of such a plan.