You can always write a letter to the editor, or and write to your elected officials and regulators — scroll down for their contact info. Here are the current
LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE
House Bill No. 743 “An Act to Repower Massachusetts” includes “the utilization of 100% renewable, alternative and nuclear energy in the commonwealth in order to demonstrate global leadership and to avoid global climatic disruption…” Please tell your local legislators: nuclear power should not be included.
Here are bills that your local legislators can support:
H. 2917 An act relative to consumer choice on green energy, specifies that nuclear power is not considered a renewable energy supply. Bills specific to nuclear power: H. 2020 creates “public education zones” near reactors; H. 2031 increases radiation monitoring to a 50 mile radius; H. 1898 increases radiation monitoring to a 20 mile radius.
Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) will meet 6-9pm on May 28 at Brattleboro Union High School’s multi-purpose room. Open to the public. There is time on the agenda for public comment. Primary topic: Public Service Board permit process for new radioactive waste storage pad. Their webpage is here.
June 1: NRC Deadline for comments on NRC’s finding that there are no environmental impacts from Entergy’s request to eliminate the evacuation planning zone. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-30/html/2015-10126.htmSafe & Green Campaign’s EPZ info page is here.
June 4: Public Service Board Public Hearing on Entergy’s application for a new pad for dry cask storage of high level radioactive waste. Time & location to be announced. More info on our Decommissioning Resources page.
Keep informed. If it seems like there are too many issues to follow, pick one and focus on it. We have a list of issues as well as information and news on our Decommissioning Resources page.
Support the State: Vermont is taking a strong stand – despite the rules that limit a state’s role in decommissioning. The Dept of Health, Agency of Natural Resources, and Dept. of Public Service went through Entergy’s decommissioning report with a fine-tooth comb and made demands of the NRC and Entergy in their public comments on Entergy’s decommissioning plan. DEP’s Chris Recchia has testified twice to the NRC calling for more state and local participation in decommissioning planning, keeping the evacuation zone in place, moving spent fuel promptly into dry cask storage, and more. The State is opposing Entergy’s request for an exemption to emergency planning. The Attorney General has joined MA and NY AGs in CAN’s petition to the NRC to examine Entergy’s financial ability to safely maintain, operate and decommission its merchant reactors in the Northeast.
Write to Senators Sanders and Markey and US Rep. Welch and thank them for putting forward bills to allow states and local communities a say in decommissioning planning. (Contact info below).
Read our Emergency Planning Zone Update (as of 02.02.2015)
The NRC has its doubts about Entergy’s request for an exemption. 10.24.15: Rutland Herald article: “NRC claims Entergy submits inaccurate information”
Entergy does not want to spend another dime on the emergency planning zone (EPZ) – protecting you, me and the elementary school across the street while it moves highly radioactive fuel out of the seven-story pool, or while the dangerous and dirty work of decommissioning the 40 year old reactor takes place. The NRC’s rule is that EPZs stay in effect, but reactor owners ask for an exemption to that rule soon after power is no longer being produced – but while there is still spent fuel in the fuel poo, while it is being moved into dry cask storage, and while the facility is being taken apart. The NRC has given EPZ exemptions every time the owners have asked.
What can you do? Four Massachusetts towns have taken action. Town officials in Gill, Bernardston, Greenfield and Warwick are opposing the exemption request. Organize some friends, draft some language, and ask your town officials to sign a similar letter or pass a resolution. The letter submitted by Gill and contact info for Greenfield are in our “Towns take action of the EPZ post here.
Entergy needs to receive a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board for the new dry cask storage pad. CAN recommends that the Certificate include a condition requiring the emergency planning zone remain in effect until all the waste is secured in storage. Learn a bit more here, then contact the PSB.
Plymouth is host to the Pilgrim nuke, is also owned by Entergy, and is on the NRC’s list of worst performing plants in the US. Read more about Pilgrim www.CapeDownders.org and www.Pilgrim Coalition.org
Citizens of Massachusetts: there are four bills before the Legislature on nuclear power. Please ask your state representative or senator to co-sponsor or support the bills. More information is here.
NATIONAL NUCLEAR ACTION
NIRS published a paper in September 2014, “Killing the Competition,” about Exelon & Entergy efforts to squeeze blood more money out of ratepayers & Public Utility Commissions, and block to renewables. Good reading, good graphics, and good background.
Safe & Green Campaign members were among the hundreds who testified before the NRC opposing its “Waste Confidence” policy. A federal court said without Yucca Mountain, NRC has to prove waste can be stored safely. So the NRC has decided that on-site storage – even in fuel pools! – is safe. On 9.29.14 safe energy advocates filed a petition protesting NRC’s arrogant defiance of the court. Here’s how you can support them. http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/wasteconfidence.htm
Feeling outraged by Entergy’s latest cover up, spin or misstatement? Keep regulators and elected officials vigilant! Please write or email with your comments to:
Governor Peter Shumlin / 109 State Street, Pavilion / Montpelier, VT 05609 / Phone: 802 828-3333
Chris Recchia, Commissioner / VT Public Service Dept. / 112 State Street Third Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620-2601 /Phone: 802 828-4071 Chris.Recchia@state.vt.us
William Sorrell, Attorney General / 109 State Street, Montpelier VT 05609-1001 / Phone: 802 828-3171
Mike Twomey, Vice President, External Affairs/ Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee / 185 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Neil Sheehan, NRC Region 1 Public Affairs / OPA1.Resource@nrc.gov Phone 610 337-5331
Vermont Congressional Delegation: email their their website Contact forms
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- Massachusetts and New Hampshire utilities may still have contracts to purchase power from Vermont Yankee.
- MASSACHUSETTS & NH ACTIVISTS: One of the most powerful things we can do is demand that our electric utility companies stop purchasing power from Entergy and instead buy electricity from local, renewable electricity suppliers. When you send in your next payment, include a letter requesting they not buy power from Entergy Nuclear.
- None of the Vermont utility companies have a contract to purchase power from Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012.
- Check your utility bill or utility company’s website for renewable options.
More Things You Can Do
Support Local, Renewable Electricity Projects
- Several renewable energy projects are being proposed in southern VT, western MA and eastern NH.
- Contact your local regulators and voice your support for these projects.
- Attend planning and regulatory meetings/hearings regarding these proposals. Show your support and suggest solutions for making these projects better.
- Supporting local, efficiency and renewable projects is JUST AS IMPORTANT as closing Vermont Yankee.
- Check out our page on Safe & Green Alternatives for specifics in your region.
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