NDCAP Dec. 5th

Vermont’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) has been scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres Road, Brattleboro. “In addition to updates from NorthStar and Vermont State Agencies on recent Vermont Yankee (VY) decommissioning activities, the Panel will continue discussing possible changes to the Panel’s Enabling Statute and Charter concerning Panel composition, function and responsibilities.  Public input to this discussion is encouraged.  Panel votes on proposed changes to Panel composition, function and responsibilities may occur. ”

For more information go to the official NDCAP website.    The complete agenda for the meeting may be viewed at: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/final-agenda-12-05-2019 .

The New England Coalition sent the following letter with its announcement of this meeting:

Dear Friends,
I write today to inform you of the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) regarding Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. As many of you know, although the reactor has closed, it is currently in the process of being decommissioned by its new licensee, NorthStar. NDCAP meets to learn about what is occurring at the site and to inform the public of such. NDCAP’s role is limited and advisory in nature. For now this is more or less the only way the public has of learning about the status of the site. We continue to support NDCAP’s work.
For some reason or reasons people have stopped attending these NDCAP meetings and it may indicate to NorthStar and the State that the public has lost interest at this important juncture in Vermont Yankee matters. In fact our very own Clay Turnbull was the only member of the public to attend the last meeting of NDCAP held on October 16. Thank you, Clay!
We implore you to make every effort to attend the next meeting of the NDCAP.
WHEN: December 5, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
WHERE: Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro, Vermont
The backstory: New England Coalition fought hard to convince NorthStar to agree to a public participation process. Why a separate process? Especially since NDCAP was created with the input of Entergy we wanted to give the public an opportunity to influence issues and not simply report out on them. Of course this influence would remain consistent with our mission of striving for the betterment of human and environmental health.
We are in regular contact with NorthStar about the specifics of this public participation process. Know it has been slow to manifest due to the complexities of getting it right.
Please attend this meeting of NDCAP. Let us demonstrate public interest in the clean-up which will in turn aid our continuing efforts to create a body of citizen watchdogs who will monitor and negotiate the clean-up of this radioactive waste site (NDCAP has not and will not).
More backstory: the new NDCAP chair, a member of the Vernon Selectboard, was publicly reported as saying the NDCAP needed to dissolve. The agenda of this NDCAP meeting includes restructuring the NDCAP!
On another note I want to report the Coalition is considering filing an action regarding the degrading concrete at Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in Seabrook, New Hampshire and we want to open dialogue with our membership regarding the Coalition’s role in Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut.
Lorie Cartwright
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