Waste Control Specialists says it faces too many financial hurdles to pursue a high-level waste facility in Texas. But that doesn’t have to jeopardize the proposal for cleaning up Vermont Yankee.
The work to build and fill a new facility for the Vernon plant’s spent nuclear fuel is “on schedule and on budget,” an Entergy administrator said.
The Public Service Board said a second spent fuel pad won’t hurt the environment and will promote the state’s general good by hastening the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from the pools in which it now sits.
The New England Coalition is asking the state Public Service Board to reconsider its dismissal of the coalition’s objections to storage plans for spent fuel at Vermont Yankee.
Jack Boyle holds what’s now the shut-down nuclear plant’s top administrative job. He said the cleanup project, while still in its early stages, is on schedule and under budget.
As the federal government seeks a strategy for finding waste storage sites, regional advocates say Vernon and Vermont should play a key role in that discussion due to the large inventory of spent fuel stashed at Vermont Yankee.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says a recent federal spending bill did not include any money for a pilot nuclear waste storage facility. But the U.S. Department of Energy has begun creating a process aimed at finding a location for a storage facility.
State joins New York and Connecticut in challenging NRC decision on long-term, on-site storage of nuclear waste.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said the decision underscores the federal government’s lack of planning for a comprehensive solution to the waste created by nuclear power plants.
The federally chartered Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will host the second of five public meetings on nuclear waste management in Boston Oct. 12.