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 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 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.
The consultant Entergy hired to look for nonradiological contaminants such as oil or PCBs didn’t do any testing or soil sampling. State officials say a more thorough assessment is needed.
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.
Entergy and NorthStar Group Services say worries about additional contamination at the Vernon nuclear plant and potential cost overruns are “pure speculation.”
Regulators issued a revised schedule that postpones a public meeting four months, to early January. Officials say the delay is necessary due to a time-consuming discovery process.
The New England Coalition wants to intervene in a federal review of the plant’s proposed sale, arguing the buyer does not have a good handle on radiological contamination.
If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.
Texas-based Waste Control Specialists, which handles radioactive waste disposal for the Vernon nuclear plant and was to be a major player in its decommissioning, can’t be sold because of antitrust concerns.