Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia is predicting that decommissioning could be finished in the 2020s, rather than the 2070s as called for in current plans. But plant owner Entergy is not committing to any such change.
The state’s three members of Congress have signed a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arguing that the agency must allow more public involvement in the decommissioning of plants like 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.
VERNON — State regulators say they won’t reconsider their dismissal of an anti-nuclear group’s objections to Vermont Yankee’s fuel storage plans. The state Public Service Board last month approved construction of a new concrete pad for storage of the shut-down plant’s spent nuclear fuel. Before that, however, the Brattleboro-based New England Coalition had asked for […]
Vermont officials had appealed federal rulings that allowed the shut-down nuclear plant to reduce emergency operations. But the NRC ruled in part that the state had not produced enough evidence to back its claims about increased health and safety risks.
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.
“To the extent that the petitioners disagree with the NRC’s current policy for the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel, their concerns should be directed to Congress,” wrote the court.
The New England Coalition had asked the state Public Service Board to consider additional evidence regarding Entergy’s plans for a second fuel storage pad at the plant. But the board says the coalition’s arguments came too late.
Over the course of a decade, Entergy paid $34 million in federal taxes on investment earnings of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. Some say a change in that tax could speed cleanup work at the Vernon plant.
Facing the end of Entergy’s federally mandated payments for off-site emergency planning and environmental monitoring, state officials say they have new statutory authority to charge the nuclear plant owner for such activities.
A new long-term agreement sets the shuttered nuclear plant’s value at $78 million, down from $250 million. The town of Vernon and the state will lose millions in tax revenue, but Entergy has agreed to make annual additional payments in lieu of taxes to the town.