Officials gave VTDigger a glimpse of the process as crews and a tracked transporter called Cletus moved the plant’s 19th loaded cask.
Though his company faces increasing skepticism, NorthStar Group Services CEO Scott State says it is still committed to purchasing and decommissioning the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant.
If the buyer runs out of money to decommission the plant, “this would place public health, safety and the environment at risk,” according to the Public Service Department and the attorney general’s office.
A spokesman said experience, training, equipment and oversight will allow for the safe transfer of the plant’s spent fuel into more secure storage by the end of next year.
The change would downsize the Vernon nuclear plant’s protected area from 10.5 acres to 1.3 acres and save at least $1.2 million a month, Entergy says. Federal and state regulators are reviewing the request.
Transfer of the plant’s radioactive spent fuel into casks did not begin in April, as had been planned. The move is critical to the plant’s eventual sale.
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 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 […]
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.