NRC Returns to VT

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is returning to Brattleboro on May 25th. They want  to hear citizens’ thoughts on the license transfer (sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar), and will also take comments on NorthStar’s Post Shut Down Activities Report (PSDAR). Links to the PSDAR and license transfer are on our new NRC & PSB documents page here.

The Thursday May 25 meeting will be hosted by NDCAP at its regular meeting time, 6:00-9:00pm at the Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Drive.  Google Map

In February 2015, the NRC came to Brattleboro to take public comments on Entergy’s PSDAR. In a meeting that ran for nearly five hours, three dozen of the 200 citizens present questioned the NRC.   [See our 2.22.15 post, Wake Up Calls]

One big issue: the PSDAR is not APPROVED by the NRC; it is accepted, and we find that unacceptable.

One question for the NRC:  will any new decommissioning rules apply to NorthStar decommissioning Vermont Yankee? On May 8-10 the NRC will hold three public meetings on its draft decommissioning rules. The current rules do not reflect the changing nuclear power  scene: for example, merchant plants owned by private corporations rather than utility companies. You can participate by phone. Details are here:

The State of Vermont gave a presentation on its comments to the draft decommissioning rules at an NDCAP meeting a year ago. The power point is here with the State’s comments beginning on page 14. Vermont’s comments to the NRC were written by Vermont and joined by NY, CT, NH and MA. It has everything we wanted at the time. [Read our summary at May 26 2016 NDCAP meeting here.]

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