Decommissioning Resources

  • Resources

  • Scroll down for  NDCAP, Entergy VT Yankee, and Selected News Articles by date.  Join our email list to get updates.

    NEW! Links to Relevant past and current documents from NRC & VT Public Service Board

    VY Decommissioning Principles & Issues

    Decommissioning Principles & Issues that the Safe & Green Campaign has identified with a summary of each issue. New Download: Sale bullets basic info 2017 (05.05.17)

    An effective way to make your voice heard on decommissioning VT Yankee is to join us in attending meetings held by NDCAP, the panel of citizens, state agency staff, Entergy staff and representatives of the states of NH and MA:

    N.D.C.A.P. 

    Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel

    NDCAP Website: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap

    NDCAP Email: PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov (Emails will become part of the public record. Read details here.)

    NDCAP Meetings: Third Thursday of most months, 6-9pm. For meeting location and agenda, go to: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap

    Next Meeting: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00- 9:00 pm. Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Road, Brattleboro [location]

    Representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will take public comments on the Entergy / NorthStar license transfer application and NorthStar’s revised Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR).  The PSDAR is too large for our website; it is available to download from on the NDCAP website: www.publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap

    All meetings are open to the public. The 19 appointed members include includes six citizens from Vermont and one each from NH and Mass. Current members are here.  Brattleboro Community Access TV tapes all the meetings; you can watch online here. Past agendas, Minutes and Presentations are archived on the NDCAP website above.

    Selected News Articles

    You will see that most of our links are to VtDigger.org. It is a reliable source of VT Yankee news, there is no paywall, and it archives everything. VtDigger.org depends upon donations (hint hint).  VtDigger’s posts about Yankee are often published in our local newspapers, Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons of Windham County

    2017

    06.29.17 Nuclear business has done it before (Rutland Herald)

    06.29.17 NRC: VY Can send tainted [tritium] water to Idaho (VtDigger)

    06.26.17 States claim NRC ignoring nuke cleanup concerns (VtDigger)

    06.26.17 VY Tech skipped tests of safety gear (VtDigger)

    06.23.17 Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for VT job [Areva] (VtDigger)

    06.21.17 Judge blocks sale of VY Disposal firm [WCS] (VtDigger)

    06.18.17 VY buyer seeks ‘reasonable’ deal with state (VtDigger)

    06.16.17  New PSB Chair won’t hear VT Yankee Case (VtDigger)

    06.15.17 State sees ‘significant risk’ in VT Yankee sale (VtDigger)

    05.12.17 Activists rail against VT Yankee waste plans (VtDigger)

    05.10.17 Yankee suitor: public shouldn’t see highly confidential plans (VtDigger)

    05.05.17  Vermont Yankee Expert says faster reuse unrealistic amid national waste dilemma (Lissa Weinman, Brattleboro Reformer)

    05.04.17  Some predict trouble over rubble (VtDigger)

    04.26.17 VT Yankee cleanup partner stops work on nuclear dump (VtDigger)

    04.17.17 Proposed VY cleanup partner [AREVA] responds to concerns

    04.09.17 Questions dominate VT Yankee sale discussion (VtDigger.org)

    04.08.17 VY decommissioning sale praised (Rutland Herald)

    04.06.17  Process for sale of VT Yankee said to be first arrangement of its kind (Greenfield Recorder)

    04.07.17 VT Yankee shutdown ‘drastically changed’ river impact (Vtigger)

    04.05.17  I want to believe them (Leslie Sullivan Sachs, The Commons)

    03.31.17  New Mexico [Holtec] used fuel project put to regulators (World Nuclear News)

    03.27.17  State, Entergy spar on contamination question (VtDigger)

    03.25.17  Yankee cleanup must be done right (Sandy Levine, CLF)

    03.25.17 State raises questions on Yankee sale (Rutland Herald)

    03.24.17  Officials, locals question viability of VT Yankee sale (Greenfield Recorder)

    03.17.17 NorthStar meets with local groups (except anti-nuclear ones) (Reformer)

    03.10.17   NRC staff says Entergy can use decom trust for spent fuel management (Rutland Herald)

    03.07.17  Feds commit to Vermont public hearing on Yankee sale (VtDigger)

    03.04.17  VY sale review attracts crowd (VtDigger): 8 parties ask PSB for status in Docket 8880 – sale from Entergy to NorthStar.

    03.01.17  State schedules VY sale hearing (VtDigger)

    02.23.17  Union, env. group seek role in Yankee sale (VtDigger)

    02.15.17  VY citizens panel wants help (VtDigger)

    02.11.17   Bill seeks shake up of nuke panel (Rutland Herald)

    02.10.17   Entergy won’t use trust fund for sale expenses (Rutland Herald)

    02.06.17   Liz Miller won’t represent Entergy in sale (VtDigger)

    02.05.17   Entergy has spent $125 million of fund since shut down (Brattleboro Reformer)

    01.31.2017 Yankee sale calls for faster transfer of fuel  (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    01.30.17 Proposed nuke panel shakeup irks Senator (Mike Faher, VtDigger)

    01.27.17  VY to move fuel in spring (Mike Faher, VT Digger)

    01.27.17  NDCAP wants public NRC meeting (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    01.27.17  NDCAP favors panel changes (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    01.26.17 Can’t trust Entergy deal (Gary Sachs letter to the editor)

    01.25.17 Buyer lobbies NRC for feds blessing (Mike Faher, Brattleboro Reformer)

    01.24.17  Complicated decomm scheme (OpEd, Howard Fairman, VtDigger)

    01.17.17  ‘Solutions’ rife with danger (OpEd by Nancy Braus, The Commons)

    01.15.17  NEC pondering role in proposed sale of VT Yankee (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    01.13.17 Indian Point closing ends Entergy era in Northeast  (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    01.05.17  New Dept Public Service Commissioner June Tierney (VtDigger)

    2016

    12.28.16 Northstar has the experience (OpEd by Guy Page, VT Energy Partnership, Rutland Herald)

    12.27.16 VT Yankee hires former foe as lawyer (Susan Smalheer, Rutland Herald)

    12.27.16 Yankee decomm plans need caution (Editorial, Greenfield Recorder)

    12.26.16 No such thing as green nuclear power (OpEd by Ann Darling, Greenfield (MA) Recorder & Northampton (MA) Gazette

    12.26.16 Shumlin: VT better off without nuclear plant (Mike Faher, VtDigger.org)

    12.24.16 Perry may solve nuclear waste problem (OpEd by Bob Leach, Rutland Herald)

    12.23.16 Yankee clean up put on fast track (Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald)

    12.20.16 Proposed Yankee sale seeking state approval (Meghan Foley, Keene Sentinel)

    12.19.16 VY suitor discloses detailed plans (Mike Faher, VtDigger)

    12.06.16 Tainted water totals 400K gallons so far (Mike Faher, VtDigger)

    11.21.2016 Anti-trust suit threatens Vt Yankee merger(Susan Smallheer, Greenfield Recorder)

    11.17.2016 Feds sue proposed VT Yankee disposal company (VtDigger)

    11.11.2016 Citizen Watchdogs Fear ‘Cheap and Dirty’ VT Yankee Decommissioning  (Richie Davis, Greenfield Recorder)

    11.08.2016 Entergy to sell Vt Yankee to NorthStar/ (VtDigger)

    10.14.2016 Report: “When People and Money Leave (and the Plant Stays) –Lessons Learned from the Closure of the Vermont Yankee Power Station: A Tri-Region Experience.” Authored by Regional Commissions in Vermont, New Hampshire & Massachusetts and Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. white-paper-final

    02.04.2016 NRC Finds No Issues with VY Clean Up Plan (VtDigger) NRC OKs VY Decomm Plan (Burlington Free Press)

    02.03.2016 Groundwater Problem Emerges at VY (VtDigger)

    02.01.2016 PSB Hearing Dates Set on Nuke Storage (VtDigger)

    02.02.2016 Spent Fuel at VY Raises Concerns  (Reformer)

    01.30.2016 Radioactive Leaks: Will Entergy Do the Right Thing? (Rutland Herald)

    01.29.2016  NDCAP Meeting Debates (VtDigger)

    01.28.2016 Shaking Entergy’s Piggy Bank (Green Mtn. Daily)

    01.28.2016 Decomm Trust Fund Drops 10% (Rutland Herald)

    01.28.2016 Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on Decomm “Slush Fund” (CCTV video, podcast and transcript)http://kingston.wickedlocal.com/article/20160106/NEWS/160109660

    01.26. 2016 Entergy Spent 10% of Trust Fund in 2015 (VtDigger)

    01.25.2016 Shumlin Zeros Out Yankee Emergency Funding (VtDigger)

    01.16.2016 NRC: Entergy Complying with Investment Guidelines on Trust Fund (Barre Times-Argus)

    01.13.2016 US Sen. Leahy on Waste Storage (VtDigger)

    01.06.2016 Entergy & Pilgrim: A Look Back at 2015 (Kingston MA/Wicked Local)

    01.02.2016 CT, MA & NH Support Decomm Trust Review (VtDigger)

    2015

    12.30.2016 MA Attorney General Files in Support of VT Challenge to NRC (LegalNewsLine)

    12.13.2015 NRC Approves Downsizing Emergency Operations [VtDigger]

    12.08.15 VT Yankee Concerns Addressed by NRC Commissioner (Reformer)

    12.04.15 Stop Harrassing VT Yankee (Rutland Herald Letter)

    12.01.15 Nuclear Power: Closing the Civility Gap (Brattleboro Reformer)

    11.25.15 Citizen Advisory Panels protest nuclear waste (VtDigger)

    11.24.15 McQuiston: Energy Myths (VPR Commentary)

    11.16.15 Panel pushes for more local input on VT Yankee decomm (VtDigger)

    11.16.15 State legal fees could come from trust fund (VtDigger)

    11.13.15 VY Panels Backs Up More Local Say in NRC Rulemaking (VT Public Radio)

    11.06.15 State ramps up pressure on NRC to review Yankee spending (VtDigger)

    10.29.15 NRC: no investigation into Entergy finances necessary (VtDigger)

    10.28.15 Entergy wants to take $1.2 million from trust fund for property taxes (VtDigger)

    09.03.15 Advisory Panel looks for consensus on VY (VtDigger)

    06.27.15 Holtec President says dry casks will last 300 years (Enformable)

    06.26.15 Vt Official: Vt Yankee Trust Fund Process is ‘Broken’ (Brattleboro Reformer)

    06.26.15 VT seeks regional support to challenge NRC (Rutland Herald)

    06.26.15 Fuel Storage System at Yankee Questioned (Keene Sentinel)

    06.19.15 NRC Sides with Entergy on Yankee Trust Fund (Rutland Herald)

    06.19.15 NRC Says Entergy can use decomm fund to store spent fuel (VtDigger)

    05.21.15  OpEd on Entergy funds (Brattleboro Reformer)

    05.20.15 State can’t have EPZ hearing (Brattleboro Reformer)

    05.19.15  VY EPZ Closer to being eliminated (Rutland Herald)

    04.28.15 NRC Says No Significant Environmental Impact to Reduced EPZ (Reformer via VtDigger)

    04.14.15 Residents Air Concerns on Vt Yankee Planning (Greenfield Recorder)

    04.09.15 State Fights to Continue EPZ (Rutland Herald)

    03.29.15 Dry Cask Storage for Short Term – NDCAP presentation by Jay Tarzia (VtDigger)

    03.25.15 NRC Questions Entergy financial plans (Rutland Herald)

    03.21.15 Entergy draws $12M from trust fund (Rutland Herald)

    03.17.15 NRC denies state request to delay EPZ exemption (Reformer)

    03.16.15 Entergy ordered to pay security guards overtime (VtDigger)

    03.12.15 State concerned about future contamination (VtDigger)

    03.11.15 New legal conflicts emerge in battles over VY (VPR)

    03.11.15 9 County Legislators: We Oppose SAFSTOR (The Commons)

    03.08.15 Entergy to fight the state on use of decomm fund (VtDigger)

    03.07.15  VT to NRC : “Force Entergy” to address State concerns (Reformer)

    03.05.15 NRC approves EPZ elimination (Bennington Banner)

    03.01.15 VT seeks details on Entergy finances (VtDigger)

    02.26.15 VT Joins Petition to Study Entergy’s Finances (MassLive)

    02.19.15 NRC Public Meeting on PSDAR

    Charged Atmosphere (NEPR News) 2.20.15

    Critics Decry Lack of Details TA 2.21.15

    NRC Takes Comments on Decommm Plan (Commons 02.25.15)

    Residents Seek Assurance (VTDigger 02.22.15)

    “Our Brand New Reality – OpEd by Lissa Weinmann (The Commons 02.25.15)

    02.03.15 Why go to the NRC Public Hearing? by Leslie Sullivan Sachs, The Commons

    01.07.15  VY Shuts Down for the Last Time by Olga Peters, The Commons

    01.07.15  It Had Damn Well Better Be Possible OpEd by Jeff Potter, The Commons

    2014

    Dec. 31 Why Closing VT Yankee Won’t Raise New England’s Power Bills (Mark Cooper, Forbes)

    Dec. 29, 2014 12:12 pm VT Yankee Shut Down. Click here for a selection of news articles and OpEds.

    Dec. 22:  VY Prepared to Power Down (WCAX TV)

    Dec. 10: Gone Fission (Seven Days, Burlington VT)

    Dec. 09: Entergy line of credit to transfer spent fuel (Times-Argus)

    Nov. 20: Entergy announces lay-offs as of January (Reformer)

    Nov 11: Entergy wants to tap decomm fund for EPZ (VtDigger)

    Oct. 23: NRC Questions VY Shut Down Emergency Plans (Reformer)

    Oct. 17: Entergy VY Submits $1.24B Decom. SAFSTOR Plan (VTBiz.com)

    Oct. 2: Entergy: Meeting as ‘watershed moment’ for VY  (The Commons)

    Sept. 27: Entergy details staff cuts, spent fuel plans at NDCAP meeting (Reformer)

    Sept. 17: A New Phase, and Some New Conversations on NDCAP (The Commons)

    Aug. 16: VY Looks to End Emergency Planning Role (Reformer)

    May 16: Entergy Begins Process for Increased Storage of Spent Fuel at VY (Reformer)

    May 15: State Wants Entergy to Continue Emergency Planning (VTDigger, Reformer)

    April 2: VT Public Service Board grants Certificate of Public Good by Olga Peters

    Feb. 5: NRC Won’t Grant Yankee Exemption by Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald. Because Entergy  “is under no legal obligation” to close the reactor, it cannot waive the NRC’s mandated post-Fukushima improvements. The NRC needs more details before deciding if it is eligible for a waiver.

    Feb 1 2014 “Prettifying the Porker” by Sue Prent, Green Mtn. Daily with discussion and informative comments on an OpEd by Brad Ferland, a paid lobbyist for a front group for Entergy.

    Jan. 30 “Recchia Defends Deal” and Jan 31 “PSB Questions Entergy’s credibility” PSB Technical Hearings, articles by Rutland Herald’s Susan Smallheer

    Jan. 28  “The Big Picture Theater” Arnie & Maggie Gundersen connect the dots between Fukushima and Vermont Yankee, with lots of good info and history. 25 minute video.

    01/24/14 Franklin County Calls for Prompt Decommissioning by Richie Davis, The Gazette

    01/03/14 Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates, interview on WDEV Radio with Mark Johnson. Starts at 3 minutes on Vermont Yankee deal with the State.

    01/03/14 Rutland Herald: Vt Yankee Parties can pull out

    12/23/13 VtDigger: VY Could Be Decommissioned within 10-15 Years, Shumlin Says

    12/12 VPR: Local Voices Locked Out of VT Yankee Discussions

    11/27 VtDigger: “High level discussions between state and Entergy”

    11/23 Davd Gram, AP: Vt, Entergy in talks on decommissioning

    11/25: Decomm costs could include spent fuel handling

    VY Closing: Now What? (BCTV video). Lissa Weinmann, World Policy Institute, speaks to the Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast about what is happening on the national level that will impact us locally. 09/20/2103

    Voices Live: The Commons Panel on The Path Toward a Post-Nuclear Economy   Articles    Full Transcript   BCTV Video

    SeVEDS Post-VY Task Force Report  March 2012

    Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds: “Entergy Pulling the Plug on VT Yankee”

    7Days interview on VY Decomm. with Arnie Gundersen

    Opinion

    Don’t Trust Nuclear Proponents Schuyler Gould (VtDigger, 04.01/16)

    [Satire] Entergy VY Impacts on Local Retail Stores (Green Mtn. Daily 4.1.16)

    Fukushima Five Years Later, Three OpEds by Gary Sachs, Nancy Braus, Leslie Sullivan Sachs (The Commons 3.16.16)

    Fukushima Four Years Later, by Ann Darling, The Commons, 3.11.15)

    The NRC Never Fails to Disappoint Vermonters (Green Mtn Daily, 06.25.15)

    The Legacy of America’s Nuclear Spent Fuel by Bob Audette, 5.20.14 Reformer

    Is There a Real Vermont Yankee Settlement? OpEd by Sandy Levine, Conservation Law Foundation Blog & 01/12/14 Rutland Herald

    An Olive Branch from Entergy? 12/23/13 Brattleboro Reformer Editorial

    Entergy’s lack of interest shows 11/15/13 Greenfield Recorder Editorial and Entergy’s Poor Business Decisions 11/16/13 Rutland Herald Editorial

    Yankee Shutdown Will Save Lives 09/05/13 Rutland Herald OpEd by Joseph J. Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project.

    Federal Legislation Key to Jobs, Creating Swift Post VY Clean Up 08/31/13 by Lissa Weinmann,  Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York, lives and is a home and business owner in Brattleboro.

    The Way Forward  Brattleboro Reformer 08/29/13

    What Killed the Beast? OpEd by Bob Bady, Safe & Green Campaign

    VY’s Lasting Legacy Letter to the Editor by Ann Darling, Safe & Green Campaign. Followed by a pro-VY letter.