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NDCAP Meeting

May 28, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel will be Thursday, May 28 at Brattleboro Union High School’s Multi-Purpose Room (far side of the school, by the athletic fields).

At the most recent meeting, public comment was extremely limited since the speakers ran on and on. This time, the Chair has scheduled 45 minutes at the end of the meeting. If the speakers run on (rather than on and on), hopefully we will get enough time to give everyone an opportunity to speak.

There are two agenda items work showing up for: updates, and a look at the Public Service Board’s up-coming permit process for a new storage pad for high level radioactive waste.

Updates: Drill, Baby, Drill!

We sure hope the updates on decommissioning from Entergy and from the State include the recent “hostile action drill.” Coincidentally (not?), the potential for a hostile action is the basis the state’s most recent appeal of the NRC allowing Entergy to eliminate the 10-mile evacuation planning zone. It took Entergy one year to plan the drill. It took the NRC three days to proclaim the drill a glowing success.

Smells fishy to us. 17 times, the NRC has given owners this exemption — every time one has been requested. Why change now?

Well, there are a whole lot of reasons why Vermont Yankee is different — its location in the middle of a village, across from an elementary school, for starters. It’s tiny footprint — 124 acres compares to the average 700-1200 acres. Yet the NRC and Entergy want us to believe if there is an “event,” radiation will stop at Yankee’s fence line.

PSB & the Pad

We Safe & Green members are well-versed in how the Public Service Board permit process “works.” we’ve been holding workshops and participating in public hearings before the PSB for decades. But most members of NDCAP are clueless about the process and the history.

The PSB is the state’s utility commission. It approved the sale of Yankee to Entergy in 2002, the uprate, dry cask storage, and the license extension. We know what a permit is worth — not much. Will NDCAP members be told that in the sale proceeding, Entergy promised not to sue the state? And then sued 4 times.  Even when Entergy’s PSB permit to operate expired in March 21, 2012 Yankee stayed open without it for another two years.

So why bother with the PSB?

1. It’s all we’ve got.

2. Entergy has been in front of the PSB for a dozen years. It is not friendly to Entergy. It’s executives and experts have lied to the PSB and ignored their decisions.

3. Entergy and the State are required to give testimony, and we learn details we might never learn otherwise.


May 28, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Brattleboro Union High School, Multi Purpose Room
Fairgrounds Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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