Company officials say a deal to sell the nuclear plant will collapse if the state imposes stringent cleanup requirements.
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.
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 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.
New England Coalition is in every way on the side of a safe and prompt decommissioning of Vermont Yankee.
If the NorthStar plan happens to makes the future of the nuclear power industry more viable, no wonder anti-nuclear groups like the New England Coalition are concerned.
The company has a contract with NorthStar Group Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though NorthStar has said the decommissioning tasks AREVA is performing could cost more than $75 million.
With the state being so adversarial, the real “significant risk” is the state itself, and the potential for NorthStar to stop throwing good money after bad and just give up.
The NDCAP should be commended for inviting the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NorthStar and Entergy to hear Vermonters’ concerns and support for NorthStar’s plan to decommission Vermont Yankee, and answer questions directly.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said the plant’s cleanup should provide for “unrestricted” future use. And they said NorthStar, the proposed buyer, must find ways to cover any financial shortfalls that occur during decommissioning.