News about the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has addressed concerns made by Vermont Congressman Peter Welch in a response letter, responding to a letter sent by Welch back on October 14th.
In his letter then, the Brattleboro Reformer reports, Welch sought clarification on a handful of issues having to do with the decommissioning. Some of these issues regarding the Vernon power plant, included the uses of the decommissioning funds and how Entergy, the owner of the Vermont Yankee, is managing the decommissioning, with emphasis on their emergency planning zone.
In their response letter, the NRC responded to Welch’s concerns in a vague manner and Welch told the Reformer that the NRC is “tone deaf” and simply “don’t get it”.
The Vermont Congressman would like to see the NRC help out not just Vernon, but other communities who formerly hosted these large power plants.
Vermont Yankee had been operating since 1972 and was shut down permanently on December 29th of last year. All fuel was removed on January 12th, 2015.