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.
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.
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.
The would-be buyer of Vermont Yankee has agreed to talks in an effort to address the tribe’s worries about excavation, cleanup and restoration of part of its ancestral homeland.
The Public Utility Commission says Entergy can downsize the plant’s protected area by nearly 90 percent. The commission overruled concerns raised by the New England Coalition.
Entergy and NorthStar, which wants to buy the Vernon plant, are seeking to keep detailed financial information confidential. The Public Utility Commission is reviewing the matter.
New England Coalition is in every way on the side of a safe and prompt decommissioning of Vermont Yankee.
NorthStar Group Services has signed a contract for preliminary work it says could hasten decommissioning and save $12 million. Regulators have not yet approved the sale.
NorthStar Group Services is now owned by the private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Co. The deal is said to have pumped more resources into NorthStar.