The Public Service Board announced that it will hold two public hearings, rather than the usual one, on the Certificate of Public Good for the sale of Vermont Yankee by Entergy to NorthStar Group Services LLC. The first session (April 6) is designed give the Board our broad concerns and questions about the sale. The second will be held in September, after much more specific information has been submitted to the Board. one early on, and another after .
The first will be Thursday April 6, at Vernon Elementary School (across from Vermont Yankee on Governor Hunt Road). At 6:00pm will be an “informational session on the plant sale.” Public comments begin at 7:00pm. Read more on VtDigger.org
‘Geoff Commons, the Public Service Department’s acting public advocacy director, has said the board’s review schedule “recognizes the strong interest that the local community and region have in all matters related to the Vermont Yankee plant” and allows for “a serious, in-depth review” of the sale.’
The sale is Docket #8880 on the Public Service Board’s website. http://epsb.vermont.gov/?q=node/64/27332
There is nothing in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission‘s process which says the public has the right to a hearing or meeting about the sale and the transfer of the license from Entergy to NorthStar — even though NorthStar will need to submit a new PSDAR (Post Shut Down Decommissioning Activities Report). The NRC came to Vermont in February 2015 for a raucous, standing room only meeting at the Quality Inn on Entergy’s PSDAR …. I imagine they are not chomping at the bit to return.
UPDATE: According to VtDigger.org, the NRC has agreed to schlep back to Vermont for another public meeting. No date set yet.
If you would like to read the filing from Entergy & NorthStar to the NRC, it is available but too large a file for our website; Entergy has it posted here.