Emergency planning has always been weak in the evacuation planning zone (EPZ). Soon it could be non-existent. Entergy wants to be exempted from evac zone planning beyond its borders as of April 2016. Brattleboro Reformer
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TO WRITE TO STATE OFFICIALS – PUT PRESSURE ON THE NRC TO SAY NO TO RUBBER STAMPING ENTERGY’S EXEMPTION REQUEST.
Why would Entergy want to stop protecting those of us living in the EPZ? It costs money to do this planning. And Vermont’s legislature in 2013 required Entergy to increase funding to the Red Cross to plan for a Fukushima type accident. Entergy is required over a three-year period to pay the Red Cross $750,000 for Emergency planning.
Comment to the links below on the following proposed change in NRC guidance to its staff, being pushed by the industry: If a reactor has stopped operating, the owner can apply to the NRC to be exempted from off-site emergency planning – even if the spent fuel pool is still full.
So even before a reactor is decommissioned, the nuclear industry wants to be released of responsibility for dealing with those of us who live beyond the fence line of the reactor. Like the kids at the elementary school across the street from Vermont Yankee.What could possibly go wrong while they move 900 tons of spent radioactive fuel out of the pool and into dry casks over the next 7 years? While they dismantle the reactor building, cooling towers, and outbuildings? While they uncover toxic waste buried from when the reactor was built, back before the EPA regulated arsenic and lead?We have experienced ten years of near misses and mishaps at Yankee, resulting in cover-ups and lies by Entergy. Remember when they were moving spent fuel and fuel rods were within inches of dropping onto the concrete due to a malfunctioning crane.
Your comments to Senators made a difference. VT Senators Pat Leahy, Bernie Sanders and MA Senator Markey joined other Senators in a letter to the NRC pointing out their folly in permitting nuclear reactors to cease emergency planning once a reactor stops producing power, but before it is fully decommissioned. We asked you to write on April 9, to the NRC, Senators, and emergency planners — please go to the link again, this time to thank the Senators for their action and encourage them to keep the pressure on.
Read the Press Release from the Senators, which includes a link to the Senators’ letter to the NRC. An excellent Springfield, Mass. Republican editorial is here.
Email or call your elected officials and emergency planning personnel and ask them to comment, too. Ask them to tell the NRC to keep emergency planning in full force during and after decommissioning
US Senator Bernie Sanders
(VT) Phone: (202) 224-5141
fax (202) 228-0776 Email by clicking here US Senator Ed Markey
(MA) Phone: 202-224-2742 Email by clicking here US Representative Peter Welch
(VT) Phone: (202) 225-4115 Email by clicking here
VT Governor Peter Shumlin / Phone: 802 828-3333Chris Recchia, Commissioner / VT Public Service Dept./ Phone: 802 828-4071