Towns take action on EPZ

A town-by-town effort to speak out against Entergy’s plan to abandon the citizens and environment of the emergency planning zone has begun.

Just over the Vermont border from Yankee,  Gill, MA selectboard have signed a letter opposing Entergy’s exemption requests to the NRC on the EPZ.  Greenfield, MA has taken similar action with a resolution submitted to its Town Council. To support the resolution, or to bring one to your town in MA, contact Sandra Kosterman

Citizens from Gill and Greenfield submitted their towns’ materials to the December 18th meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP). Chris Recchia, chair of NDCAP and Commissioner of the VT Dept. of Public Service, said that the state would be “actively opposing” Entergy’s request to the NRC for an exemption.

Here is the Gill letter.

Date: December 15, 2014

To: US Senator Edward Markey
US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Representative James McGovern
State Senator Stanley Rosenberg
State Representative Denise Andrews
State Representative-Elect Susannah Whipps Lee
The Honorable Allison M. Macfarlane, Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Commissioner Christopher Recchia, Vermont Department of Public Service
Kurt Schwartz, Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Re: Continued Funding for EPZ at Entergy Vermont Yankee Gill is one of 18 towns in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire to have some or all of the town within a 10 mile radius of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vermont. This means that we are within the plant’s Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) – an area that has in-place, maintained, and predetermined protective action plans designed to avoid or reduce potential exposure of radioactive materials. These action plans include sheltering, evacuation, and the use of potassium iodide where appropriate.

Entergy Nuclear, the parent company of Entergy Vermont Yankee, has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for an exemption that will allow it to end funding for the EPZ.

Additionally, Entergy Nuclear has asked the NRC for an exemption that will allow the plant a four-fold increase in the amount of time it has to notify surrounding towns of an emergency. Currently the plant must notify towns within 15 minutes. Entergy Nuclear seeks an exemption to increase this to 60 minutes!

The Gill Selectboard opposes both exemption requests. We ask you, our elected representatives and public officials, to assure that EPZ funding is continued until the spent fuel pool is emptied and all the highly radioactive spent fuel is moved to dry cask storage, and to assure that towns continue to receive the earliest possible notice of emergency situations at the plant.


Randy Crochier, Chair

Gill Selectboard

Cc: Gene Beaubien, Gill Emergency Management Director



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