Vermont leads coalition of states to challenge NRC's nuke plant decommissioning rules

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Vermont leads coalition of states to challenge NRC's nuke plant decommissioning rules

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and four Vermont state agencies led a coalition of four northeastern states in filing Comments on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposed decommissioning rulemaking. The states contend that the proposed rules fail to take into account the interests of states, like Vermont, which are home to nuclear power plants. The states suggest specific changes that would ensure rules to protect the health, safety, environmental, and economic interests of host communities during the decommissioning process.

“We’re protecting Vermont’s interest in the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee,” said Attorney General Donovan. “The NRC rules could affect how Vermont Yankee is cleaned up, and we want to make sure that Vermont is heard.”

The Vermont Department of Public Service, Agency of Natural Resources, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Department of Health contributed to the Comments. The Comments were also joined by Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.

Department of Public Service Commissioner June Tierney added: “These filings send a strong signal that the host state of a decommissioning nuclear facility should have a meaningful voice in the NRC proceedings on behalf of the people most affected: the citizens of Vermont and the ratepayers who funded the decommissioning fund.”

In a separate filing earlier this week at the NRC, the State of Vermont petitioned to intervene in the NRC’s consideration of the proposed transfer of Vermont Yankee’s operating license from Entergy to a company called NorthStar. The State’s filing was made by Attorney General Donovan and the Department of Public Service and requests a hearing. In this filing, the State highlights the need for additional information on NorthStar’s decommissioning and site restoration plan to ensure adequate protection of public health, safety, and the environment.

Source: Vermont AG. June 15, 2017