PSB Public Comments on CPG for Entergy (Docket 7862)

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  • PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD HEARINGS  2012   2013   2014!

    On March 28, 2014, the Public Service Board order that Entergy Vermont Yankee be granted a Certificate of Public Good through December 31, 2014.  Read about it here. The Order is posted here.

    Past Posts (HISTORY)

    Safe & Green Campaign Talking Points for No CPG, drafted for the Public Hearing, may be useful for writing your comments to the PSB. Brattleboro Reformer column by Safe & Green’s Leslie Sullivan Sachs with a synopsis of the Public Hearing (Jan 14 2014), including comments, and her OpEd in The Commons on how nuclear corporate money and its control of federal regulators and Congressional oversight impacts direct democracy.

    VPIRG , CLF  and New England Coalition, parties to the PSB process, are also skeptical of the state deal.  “We cannot leave the timeline for cleaning up this site to Entergy alone. We’ve seen what happens when the company had a financial incentive to cut corners in the operation of the plant. Now that they may have a profit motive to delay decommissioning, it’s critical that the people of Vermont have a voice in this process as well,” said Paul Burns of VPIRG.  VCAN and CAN  “are hopeful that this agreement can set the stage for thorough and responsible decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee plant.” They would like to see a community advisory board included.

    Vermont’s Public Service Board will decide if Entergy receives state permission to continue operating in Vermont until December 31, 2014. The process started last November 2012 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  You can still file your comments via mail or email. Mail 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:  psb.clerk@state.vt.us Subject line: Vermont Yankee Re-licensing, or Docket #7862.

    If you live in NH or Mass., the Public Service Board does allow comments from non-Vermont residents.

    PSB website:  “…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.”

    DENY CPG

    As of November 2013: CLF and VPIRG – VY should shut down now. CLF wrote: “Whether for 20 years or for two and a half years, Entergy failed to demonstrate that its operation of the facility promotes the general good of the state…”  VPIRG adds “Entergy should provide the State with detailed information on a regular basis about the money in the Fund and its plans for decommissioning. And once the Fund has adequate dollars in it, the State should be empowered to request that the NRC approve the prompt decommissioning of the plant.”  Paul Burns of VPIRG says, “We cannot leave the timeline for cleaning up this site to Entergy alone. We’ve seen what happens when the company had a financial incentive to cut corners in the operation of the plant. Now that they may have a profit motive to delay decommissioning, it’s critical that the people of Vermont have a voice in this process as well.”  Read more here.

    Set Conditions on any CPG:

    VT’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) argues that Entergy VY has not proven that it does not harm the natural environment, specifically in the area of thermal pollution. If a CPG is granted, “at a minimum” it should include the condition that Entergy VT Yankee “cooperate fully with ANR, including cooperating in ENVY’s ongoing NPDES permitting process…” for its 12 year old water quality permit.

    VNRC, Connecticut River Watershed Council, and the State Dept. of Public Service argue that any CPG should have the condition that Entergy use closed cycle cooling until the reactor shuts down. (Thank you Flotilla paddlers!) The State als “said Entergy Nuclear has not been a trusted partner to the state of Vermont, but in filings Friday said Entergy should be allowed to operate the Vermont Yankee reactor until the end of 2014 to facilitate a smooth shutdown.” They asked that 3 conditions be set for a CPG: closed cycle cooling, $60 million in a separate fund for post-clean up greenfielding (half the estimated cost), and for Entergy to set aside funds to cushion the economic impact of closure on Windham county. Read more here.

    Windham Regional Commission took no position on whether or not a CPG should be granted, but asked that if one is granted, conditions be set for prompt, safe decommissioning.

    Read CAN’s November 2012 Nine Good Reasons to Deny a CPG

    Safe & Green Campaign’s November 2012 Forum on testifying to the PSB on the CPG Video : Vermont Access TV link

    CLF list of VY newspaper headlines from 2007-2012 (list starts page 3); full articles (very large file)