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February 26, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Two important issues are on the agenda of February’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel meeting, the EPZ and the future of NDCAP. February 26, 2015, 6:00- 9:00 PM, Marlboro Grad Center, Room 2-E, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro
We can put the CITIZEN back in Citizen Advisory Panel. Please show up early – this is first on the Agenda. Last month the panel chose citizens reps to serve as Chair, Kate O’Connor of Brattleboro, and vice-Chair, Martin Langeveld of Vernon. This new leadership is an opportunity to get NDCAP back on track as a Citizens panel which will ensure “timely and relevant information is gathered and shared with the local and state communities” and to press for adequate financial resources to support NDCAP. So far, meetings have been dominated by Entergy, the NRC and the State. Citizen reps have been kept in the dark in between meetings; there was no orientation, no tour of the plant, no workshops by independent experts to the panel – all of which are listed in the charter.
Keeping the EPZ is an uphill battle. NRC has always let nukes shrink the zone after shut down. The State of Vermont — and all of us — have been pressing the NRC to keep the EPZ in place. Last week the NRC “established an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board panel to review Entergy’s application and the state’s request for a hearing.” Entergy will give a presentation on the EPZ at the NDCAP meeting Thursday, so we need to show up, ask questions, and demand accountability. Our valley will not be turned into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
In case you missed it, Entergy wants to:
“… reduce the 10-mile emergency preparedness zone around the plant to its actual footprint as well as its financial contributions to emergency management organizations in the EPZ. Entergy is also asking for a reduction in its offsite emergency notification system, elimination of hostile-action scenario planning and remove the state from participating in emergency response exercises. The change in the notification system would increase notification time from 15 to 60 minutes…” State demands hearing on EPZ reductions 2.20.15 Reformer