One action you can always take: write a letter to the editor, or and write to your elected officials and regulators — scroll down for their contact info.
Take Action on Vermont Yankee
NRC Public Hearing on Entergy VT Yankee PSDAR
[Post Shut Down Activities Report] FEBRUARY 19, 2015 6-9PM QUALITY INN, PUTNEY RD., BRATTLEBORO, VT Event Details & Public Comment Info Here
Safe & Green Campaign with Citizens Awareness Network are planning an educational forum to assist citizens in developing public comments. Please join our email list to keep informed by completing a Contact Us form.
Attend the meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. There is time after each agenda item for public comment. Their webpage is here. The next NDCAP meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, January 22, in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301).
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.
Let VT Commissioner Chris Recchia know you appreciate his work to make Vermont’s voices heard in Washington. In the past few months, he has testified twice before 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. Read more here for testimony to the NRC Commissioners, and here for his July 2014 testimony to NRC staff. (Contact info below).
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)
Emergency Planning Zone
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? Two Massachusetts towns have taken action. Town officials in Gill and Greenfield 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.
At the 12.18.14 meeting of NDCAP Chris Recchia, chair of NDCAP and Commissioner of the VT Dept. of Public Service, said that the state would be “actively opposing” Entergy’s request to the NRC for an exemption. Support the state’s efforts; send Recchia a big THANKS! (Contact info for Recchia and other officials is below. )
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.
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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Write Letters to the Editor
- We need dozens of letters published in newspapers every month, all over the region. The pro-nuclear letters have been flooding in. Here are examples of pro-Yankee letters.
- Still need inspiration? Here are recent letters from our member as examples.
- Commit to writing one letter. Most newspapers restrict letters to the editor to 250 or 300 words.
- Write to your local paper or to one of the statewide papers:
- Follow-up with a phone call the same day to the Editor of the paper.
- Send a copy of your letters to the legislators from the area.
- If you want to write an opinion piece longer than 300 words, contact the editor of the newspaper for their guidelines.
- If you follow a blog regularly, be sure to comment on pro-nuclear arguments and post your own opinions.
Send Letters to Your Electric Company
- 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.
Support Legislative and Gubernatorial Candidates
- While the Safe & Green Campaign cannot endorse candidates, you can!
- Support candidates that support closing Vermont Yankee and are aggressively pursuing conservation, efficiency and renewable solutions.
- Contact their campaigns and get involved.
Educate Yourself and Testify
- Follow your state’s energy planning process and testify. For example, Vermont held public hearings on their draft energy plan www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov/
- Attend public hearings on nuclear issues, such as emergency planning and evacuation planning, and testify on how it will affect you and alternatives to their plans and regulations.
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