Nov. 7th THE HEARING IS STILL ON, per the PSB website http://psb.vermont.gov/
PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD HEARINGS 11/7 & 11/19, 2012
Vermont’s Public Service Board will decide if Entergy receives permission to continue operating in Vermont for another 20 years. The process starts this November with Public Hearings on the “right of Entergy to continue to operate Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power station” and store waste. You can see the schedule and all the testimony and orders for the case at the PSB here: http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsand%20projects/electric/7862 (Check that link and/or their home page to see if the weather has forced a postponement of a PSB hearing).
There are only TWO public hearings scheduled.
- November 7th, Wednesday: 7:00 pm, Vernon Elementary School, Vernon: The PSB will take comments from the public in person. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Sign up to comment.
- November 19th, Monday, 7:00pm: The PSB will take comments from the public via Vermont Interactive Television at a dozen locations throughout Vermont. (listed below).
Entergy invited all current and former employees to a meeting to prepare them to make public comments at the PSB hearings. They will turn out in force. We need to pack these hearings with people who believe that Yankee must not be permitted to continue operating, and that it be safely decommissioned as soon as possible.
Public Service Board’s guidelines on public comments:
- comments do not become part of the evidentiary record but do “play an important role by raising new issues or offering perspectives that the Board should consider and ask parties to present evidence on.”
- There is usually a sign up sheet for individuals who wish to speak– so GET THERE EARLY and SIGN UP.
- The time allotted for each individual to speak may be short – make your comments concise – you may only have a minute or two.
- If you live in NH or Mass., the Public Service Board does allow comments from non-Vermont residents.
- Please contact your friends and colleagues and urge them to come and comment.
WHAT CAN WE TALK ABOUT?
PSB: “…we may consider any non-radiological-health-and-safety matters that bear upon the general good of the state and that do not directly conflict with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s exercise of its federal jurisdiction or frustrate the purposes of federal regulation.” Here are a few suggestions on comments:
- Entergy cannot be trusted. Since Entergy bought Yankee in 2002, they have lied to us, broken agreements made when they bought the reactor (MOU).
- Cooling tower collapse and cover-up, and lies to PSB and legislators – they cannot be trusted.
- NINE slow-downs in 2012 alone to make repairs– not a reliable source of power.
- They are not good business partners. Entergy sued the state of VT this year alone, (1) demanding we pay $4.6million in legal fees for federal preemption case and (2) over VT’s right to tax it (promptly dismissed).
- We do not need (or want) the power.
- Yankee reduces our market competitiveness and ability to create jobs in conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.
- Thermal discharge – sending heated water into the Connecticut River pollutes the water and hurts the aquatic life.
- We want Yankee decommissioned safely, now, to greenfield condition.
- Nuclear energy is not in the state’s electric plan.
- YOUR REASONS HERE: _____________
- Opening and Closing Message to PSB: Deny Certificate of Public Good to Entergy.
Vermont Interactive Technology sites for PSB public hearing on Monday, November 19 beginning at 7:00pm:
- Bennington Senior Citizens’ Service Center, 124 Pleasant Street
- Brattleboro Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road – Room 125
- Johnson Johnson State College, Bentley Hall – Room 211
- Lyndonville Lyndon State College, 1001 College Road
- Middlebury Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Avenue – 2nd Floor
- Montpelier Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive
- Newport North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Avenue
- Randolph Center Vermont Technical College, VIT Studio – Morrill Hall
- Rutland Stafford Technical Center, 8 Stratton Road – Room 108
- Springfield Howard Dean Education Center, 307 South Street – 2nd Floor
- St. Albans Bellows Free Academy, 4 Hospital Drive
- White River Jct. Community College of Vermont, CCV Upper Valley, 145 Billings Farm Road
- Williston Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place
How VIT works – for more info, go to www.vitlink.org/
“There is a monitor, which shows one of the remote sites in your session. You will see your own studio on another monitor. You can only see one (1) remote site at a time. But it automatically switches to the site from which a person is speaking. If someone has a question or comment, you will hear the voice immediately. Within a few seconds, the video on the monitors at all the sites will automatically switch so that the person who is speaking can be seen.”
You can file your comments on paper. Send them to:
Clerk of the Board
Vermont Public Service Board
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701
Reference “Vermont Yankee Re-licensing” or Docket #7862
You can also email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Subject line: Vermont Yankee Re-licensing, or Docket #7862.
You can send in your comments, or both speak at a hearing and write comments to send in.