Finally, the State is saying Yankee is violating the Clean Water Act and Vermont’s water quality standards! The Agency of Natural Resources cites evidence submitted to the Public Service Board by Connecticut River Watershed Council and VNRC in Docket 7862 (license to operate through December 31, 2014). Entergy reviewed the draft permit and said it would mean closed cycle cooling for the rest of the year. It wants to be able to raise water temperatures by up to 13 degrees.
Entergy’s Clean Water Act permit expired in 2001 and has been under review by the Agency of Natural Resources for over eight years. In 2012 and 2013 we took to the river in SAGE Flotillas to raise awareness that Entergy is overheating the Connecticut River, we demanded closed cycle cooling, and told Vermont to get moving on its process.
Entergy’s attorney denies there is new evidence of thermal pollution, but the Agency’s attorney, Jon Goveman, disagrees. It sounds like he has all his ducks lined up in a row, his boss, Agency Secretary Deb Markowitz, said any disagreements with Entergy can be termed “conversations,” and that the permit is still in draft form. Public hearings will have to be held once the permit is finalized.
Let Secretary Markowitz know the pressure is on! According to the Rutland Herald, “Markowitz said Vermont Yankee is slated to shut down in December, making the permit less important than if the plant were operating for another 18 years as originally planned.’ Write the Secretary and tell her that one summer DOES MATTER to the life of a river. Twelve years of the State dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s to make a perfect permit is enough! Get it done now. Entergy got to look at the draft permit — give the public a look now, get it done, and tell Entergy to COOL IT.
Deb Markowitz, ANR Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3901
In a related development, New England Coaltion filed a brief with the PSB, asking it to re-open Docket 7862, in part to make conditions on thermal pollution.