New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution investigates the
safety, suitability, and environmental effects of nuclear power plants; we
participate in government hearings; and we inform the public and
government agencies of the hazards and risks of nuclear power.

#8300 Prehearing Conference Petition

In Re: Petition of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC, and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., for a certificate of public good authorizing the construction of a second independent spent fuel storage installation storage pad  (to store more highly irradiated nuclear fuel waste on the banks of the Connecticut River) and related improvements, including installation of a new diesel generator with an electrical rating of approximately 200 kW, at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in the Town of Vernon, Vermont.

Public Service Board Hearing Room, Third Floor, People’s United Bank Building, 112 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont Wednesday, July 30, 2014: 11:00 am


VERMONT YANKEE, as well as Kewaunee, Crystal River and San Onofre (SONGS) are included in this NRC Commissioner’s Meeting on the Status of Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning – July 15, 2014.

Good background for anyone with in interest in decommissioning: citizens, govt., public safety, emergency management, press, etc..  Includes Emergency Planning information.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Schedule for Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee LLC Discharge Permit
Public Notice
Draft Notice (the draft NPDES permit)
Fact sheet
Public Hearing 3-1199
E-mail Comments Now through August 27, 2014


An Urgent Call For Help
from Raymond Shadis, New England Coalition

Vermont Yankee
Mission Accomplished?


Who can forget President GW Bush touting the end of combat operations in
Iraq from the deck of a Navy carrier? And the banner, “Mission Accomplished”
hung from the command bridge behind him? As it happened, Iraqi partisan attacks increased and Mr. Bush called for a surge in US forces. Even more lives, bribes,
and bullets were expended to quell vast areas between Baghdad and Syria.

And what of our little local conflict over the nuclear threat from Vermont

If our mission was to eliminate the threat of nuclear pollution and environmental damage from Vermont Yankee, then contrary to wishful and popular perceptions, advocacy operations are far from over.

Here is the NEC v. Vermont Yankee situation (as they say) on the ground.

On March 28th, the Vermont Public Service Board issued an Order endorsing a State-Entergy Memorandum of Understanding (and accompanying Settlement Agreement) in which Entergy commits to:
(1) Direct installment funding of a site restoration account that would have otherwise waited accumulation in the decommissioning trust fund
(2) Funding of an economic recovery account for Windham County,
(3) Notice to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission within 120 days of determination
(by Entergy) of sufficient decommissioning trust fund growth that decommissioning
will begin, to be completed as expeditiously as possible,

(4) Expeditious movement of spent fuel from the spent fuel pool to dry cask storage,
(5) No loading of new fuel or in any way supplementing fuel that is currently in the
reactor. Most important in our book is that, when incorporated in the Board’s Order,
this agreement becomes the first legally binding requirement, all other Entergy statements notwithstanding, to permanently shut down the VY reactor before the end of 2014 or shortly thereafter.

Mind you, many of the conditions in the MOU reflect issues that NEC and its intervenor
allies planted with state regulators in twelve years of litigation so we do not oppose the MOU. But, as it is being played out, it has its strong, dark downside. By adopting the
MOU without additional independent conditions, the Board effectively surrenders all operation and maintenance of Vermont Yankee through 2014 and all determination
of the vital details such cost, timing, and quality of decommissioning and site
restoration to the discretion of Entergy VY and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.
Entergy promises to consult with the state in good faith, make good faith efforts to
achieve certain goals; good faith and no more. This from a company not well known for good faith anything.

On April 7th, NEC filed a Motion to Amend the Board’s Order seeking to strengthen the order, make it more protective of the environment, more responsive to public concerns
of transparency and involvement, and affirmative of the Board’s authority regarding VY.

On May 1st the Board denied our motion but its reaction was entirely predictable …
and not unexpected, except for its nuanced directions that the concerns we raised
may still be raised again in proceedings going forward and the very strong claims
that the public service board may withdraw its CPG or impose other penalties and conditions on Entergy if the company proves to be an unfair partner for Vermont
or in other ways misbehaves going forward.

Since the Board’s Order of March 28th, Entergy has demonstrated its new, open,
and improved self by stonewalling the Agency for Natural resources with refusal to
consider one last season without the environmental insult of once-through-cooling.
It has unilaterally decided to apply to NRC for a reduction in the radius of its Emergency Planning Zone and has been furtive and disingenuous about its steam/tritium leak; providing no public information about the exact source, duration, flow-rate, and
cause of the leak, the quantity of tritium-laced condensate leaked before a
catchment was put in place, or the concentrations of tritium in the leak. All of this is
so much more like the old unfair partner than the newly baptized fair partner.”

And, sad to say, Entergy has state agencies, with rare exception (like ANR) are
walking on eggshells for fear that Entergy will exercise its discretion and dump
the MOU before (at least) handing over the cash.

We expect that keeping its options open is likely the primary reason that Entergy structured its payments over time, well into the shutdown period, and beyond
the anticipated conclusion of its heated litigation over relicensing and
once-through-cooling with the State of New York.

In any case our advice to the Public Service Board over the years has proven to
be sound and in some instances prescient- In 2002, we advised the Board that
approving the sale of VY to Entergy would likely lead to preemption roadblocks
to state regulation; and in 2012 we warned in sworn testimony that Entergy had
not provided a business plan that could show how VY was to be restored to profitability during the proposed period of extended operation, hence their application was
simply not a viable proposition. In August 2013, Entergy proved us correct.

Now, we must focus on restoring safety margins through interactions with the
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission during this most dangerous period of
operation in Vermont Yankee’s history. Vermont Yankee is being pushed at 120%
of its original licensed thermal capacity and well beyond the design life of many
of its most critical components, components which cannot reason that they should
not fail now because they have only seven or eight months to hang on. Coupled
with thrift driven maintenance, avoidance of Fukushima-related safety upgrades,
and a dumbed-down and demoralized workforce, VY presents the most frightening spectacle that I have seen in my thirty-five years of nuclear safety advocacy.

On the federal level, in 2012 NEC joined an ad hoc coalition of 24 federal
intervenor groups litigating at NRC over standards for less dangerous nuclear
waste fuel storage. We were granted a suspension of all licensing and license
renewal proceedings until issues raised in a new “Waste Confidence” rule -making
are resolved. Also on May 1, we received word that the NRC has agreed to take-up
a rulemaking proceeding based on our recent filing of new and emergent
technical/safety waste fuel storage issues.

In 2013 and 2014 NEC has met twice with individual NRC Commissioners to
discuss nuclear regulation and generic high-profile nuclear safety issues that
are pertinent to Vermont Yankee. These federal actions may or may not affect
the VY decommissioning, but NEC is pro-active and we are ahead of the new
waste rulemaking should the opportunity to intervene arise at VY. We are
now preparing to confront Entergy at NRC over its application to prematurely
reduce the VY emergency planning zone.

Now the Pitch for a much needed SURGE

In giving its all, NEC has worn out its volunteers, depleted its resources, and
gone deeply into debt. We simply cannot continue without a surge in volunteerism
and the financial support of major and minor donors. Please send what you
are able as your May Day down-payment on moving to an accident-free shutdown
and a “best practices” decommissioning. Please also consider submitting a letter
of interest if you wish to join NEC’s effective action team either as a volunteer or
Board of Trustees member.

Thank you for all that you have invested in taking Vermont’s footsteps off of the
poison-power path, let us pledge now to walk more lightly on this precious earth
and to work more diligently to remove all traces of where we have heavily trod
in the past. Ray Shadis – New England Coalition – Trustee since 1982

PO Box 545, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
NEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  YOUR GIFT IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

French documentary about one hour looks at decommissioning and the US tour starts with
none other than Ray Shadis, the Decommissioning Guru of the Maine Yankee
decommissioning which has set the standard for quality decommissioning practices.


Donate right now and we’ll put it to good use – and it is tax-deductible!

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See this film! Call or email NEC for details.

   “Everything In Our Power”

EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER           45 min.  The film tells about development of an anti-nuclear nongovernmental organization struggling for closure of one nuclear power plant in Maine (USA). The Maine Yankee power plant was the first one decommissioned according to the "green lawn" principle.  The characters of the film recall their fight for closure of the NPP which was difficult and joyfuland the road they had chosen once made them steeled in battle.  Raymond Shadis, leader of NGO Friends of the Coast, with the support of his- wife Patricia and a small group of friends through the unbelievable efforts and at the expense of hardship had managed to get together a group of activists who over the time of many years did their best to initiate decommissioning of the Maine Yankee plant.  This was the first experience of the large-scale decommissioning in the USA. Not only the nuclear specialists but also the local government and the society were facing the problem newly for the first time since it had never been done before in the United States. They succeeded in making the whole process safe with involvement and cooperation of all the stakeholders.  The film is produced by NGO Greenworld in the framework of the international project DECOMMISSION ( with financial support of Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature, Friends of the Earth Norway (Norges Naturvernforbund, Oslo), and Center for Safe Energy (Berkeley, California) and with organizational support of NGO Friends of the Coast (Maine, USA).  Production: NGO Greenworld tel/fax: +7(81369)72991 Leningrad oblast Sosnovy Bar  http://decomatom. org




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VPSB Orders Opportunity For Additional Argument in VY Case

NEC 42nd Annual Members & Friends Meeting video

‘Life After VY: What Next?’    Community Forum sponsored by The Commons  Sept. 18, 2013  Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 0530 video and transcript







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