On Election Day (11.8.16) Entergy announced plans to sell Vermont Yankee to a consortium of four companies, led by NorthStar Group. The sale must be approved by the Public Service Board and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Press coverage is here: vtdigger.org/2016/11/08/ Reactions in the press include “Critics-question-Vt-Yankee-sale-plans” by Richie Davis and vtdigger/optimism-tempered-questions/
The CEO of NorthStar and Entergy VP Mike Twomey will give a 45 minute presentation on the proposed sale during a special Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel meeting December 1. It is open to the public. You are encouraged to send in questions in advance by emailing Kate O’Connor, NDCAP Chair, at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov. (Although it is not on the Agenda, after the panelists ask questions, the Chair said the public will also be given time to ask questions that arise from the presentations.)
It feels like back to 2001 and the sale of Vermont Yankee to a company we learned about through the sale process. This time we are asked to trust four out-of-state corporations: Northstar, Burns & McDonnell, AREVA (which is French) and Waste Control Specialists. The latter is being sued by the US Dept. of Justice for creating a monopoly on nuclear waste disposal.
Will the PSB require that commitments made to Vermont in the 2001 sale be honored by NorthStar? Or are we starting with a clean slate? What will the clean up standards be: greenfield? Will they re-hire workers who know the site? The state and Entergy just got to a happy place with state oversight after months of negotiations … does that start over?
So many questions … please email your’s to NDCAP and come to Brattleboro December 1.
From the official NDCAP webpage:
Special Meeting of the Full NDCAP Panel
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brattleboro Area Middle School Multipurpose Room
109 Sunny Acres, Brattleboro, VT
The Panel will receive a briefing from representatives from Entergy and NorthStar Group Services Inc. regarding the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Panel will also hear a decommissioning update from Entergy and a presentation on site restoration standards from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
The public is invited to submit questions for this meeting in advance by emailing Kate O’Connor, NDCAP Chair, at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov. (All emails sent to NDCAP become public record.)
The complete agenda for the December 1 meeting is available here.
Advanced meeting material for this meeting will available here as it becomes available.
All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.
Remote Access (via GoToWebinar) will be available for the December 1, 2016 meeting. Please email Tony Leshinskie, Vermont State Nuclear Engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org or via PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov to request a remote access connection. Remote access requests should be made no later than 12 noon on December 1, 2016.