NDCAP Tonight: A Rush Job

Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel (NDCAP) is meeting tonight at 6pm at the Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2-E, in downtown Brattleboro  (28 Vernon Street, just past the Museum). Last week the NDCAP hosts, the VT Dept of Public Service, announced that the public would have until NOV 25 to comment on two items on the Agenda for tonight: the Site Assessment Plan and the Post Shut Down Action Plan (PSDAR). This announcement does not appear on their website: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/electric/nuclear

This is only the third meeting of NDCAP. The first Agenda item for tonight is a one hour discussion on the Panel’s structure and communications, leaving just 90 minutes for the two Entergy plans. NDCAP is largely volunteer.

Entergy is rushing through these plans. Why? No independent assessment was done – we have to trust Entergy’s review of past reports and interviews with workers. (Yesterday, Entergy announced that it would lay off 165 employees in January.) Do they not want the State or public to take a close look at their own assessment of what is on the site? The PSDAR is not due to the NRC for two years post-shut down — why rush us to comment before it even closes?

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2014
Contact: Tony Leshinskie, Vermont State Nuclear Engineer
Public invited to submit comments on Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study and draft Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report
Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today announced that it is seeking written public comments on the Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study (SAS), and draft Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) recently published by Entergy.  Public comments on the draft PSDAR received by November 25, 2014 will be considered for inclusion with the Public Service Department’s comments that will be provided to Entergy for incorporation with its PSDAR submittal to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. All public comments received on the draft PSDAR and the SAS will be considered for inclusion with the State’s evaluation of the Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Survey, and may also be considered for discussion at a future Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meeting.
Written comments may be mailed electronically to the State Nuclear Engineer at the following address: anthony.leshinskie@state.vt.us.  Please include “PSDAR/SAS Comments” in the email subject line.   Written comments may also be mailed to the Public Service Department at the following address:
Vermont Public Service Department
112 State Street – Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
To facilitate the ease of compiling all comments received, please consider emailing comments as an attached MSWord or PDF document.  When sending comments via US Mail, please consider using a Compact Disk (CD) and either MSWord or PDF format.  
The entire SAS & draft PSDAR are available online at http://vydecommissioning.com/document-library/.  Additional information on VY’s decommissioning is available athttp://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/electric/nuclear#NDCAP.



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