The 19 member Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) was established in Act 178 of the 2014 Vermont Legislative Session to replace the 7 member Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel (VSNAP) that had been in place since the sale of Vermont Yankee to Entergy in 2002. NDCAP includes 6 citizen members, 2 each to be appointed by the Governor, the Senate Pro-Tem and the House Speaker, as well as representation from several additional Vermont Yankee decommissioning stakeholder organizations.
- VT Legislation that establishes NDCAP
- Current Panel Members (as of 2016-09-22)
- Panel Duties & Original Panel Members
- NDCAP Charter - Adopted 2015.02.26
IMPORTANT NEWS RELEASES
Entergy Announces Vermont Yankee Sale Agreement
On November 8, 2016, Entergy announced an agreement to sell Vermont Yankee & transfer its US Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, Inc. as a means of accelerating VY’s decommissioning and site restoration. Entergy has also announced plans to accelerate the transfer of all spent nuclear fuel to dry cask storage at the VY site from 2020 to 2018.
- Entergy’s Press Release for this announcement is available here.
- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s statement on Entergy’s announcement is available here.
Upcoming NDCAP meetings:
Special Meeting of the Full NDCAP Panel
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brattleboro Area Middle School Multipurpose Room
109 Sunny Acres, Brattleboro, VT
The Panel will receive a briefing from representatives from Entergy and NorthStar Group Services Inc. regarding the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Panel will also hear a decommissioning update from Entergy and a presentation on site restoration standards from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
The public is invited to submit questions for this meeting in advance by emailing Kate O’Connor, NDCAP Chair, at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov. (All emails sent to NDCAP become public record.)
All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.
Remote Access (via GoToWebinar) will be available for the December 1, 2016 meeting. Please email Tony Leshinskie, Vermont State Nuclear Engineer at email@example.com or via PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov to request a remote access connection. Remote access requests should be made no later than 12 noon on December 1, 2016.
Public comments and questions regarding Vermont Yankee’s Decommissioning may be emailed to the Panel at:
All emails sent to NDCAP become public record.
- Meeting of January 28, 2016
- Meeting of February 25, 2016
- Meeting of March 24, 2016
- Meeting of May 26, 2016
- Meeting of June 23, 2016
- Meeting of September 22, 2016
- Meeting of October 27, 2016
- Meeting of December 1, 2016
Meeting of January 28, 2016
- Audio (GoToMeeting) Recording of the Meeting
- Entergy January 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- State January 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation 1-20-16 DRAFT Advisory Opinion (Discussed but not approved by Panel)
- State Presentations on Groundwater Monitoring:
- DRAFT 12-30-15 Annual Report to Legislature (was on Agenda but not discussed)
Meeting of February 25, 2016
- Video (BCTV) of the Meeting
- Entergy February 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- State February 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- DRAFT - 2.15.16 Annual Report to Legislature - with new NDT language
- DRAFT A - Advisory Opinion on second ISFSI at VY site - for 2.25.16 NDCAP Mtg
- DRAFT B - Advisory Opinion on second ISFSI at VY site - for 2.25.16 NDCAP Mtg
- DRAFT A - Advisory Opinion Groundwater Monitoring - Submitted by ENVY
- DRAFT B - Advisory Opinion Groundwater Monitoring - Submitted by Bill Irwin
Meeting of March 24, 2016
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting
- Entergy March 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- State March 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- Entergy Water Management Presentation for March 2016 NDCAP
- EnergySolutions VT Yankee Water Treatment Presentation for March 2016 NDCAP
- NDCAP Remote Access Attendees by Meeting Date through February 2016
- NDCAP Citizen Member Comments on NRC Decommissioning ANPR (Docket ID NRC-2015-0070)
- Kate O'Connor Remarks at NRC Commissioners Briefing on Decommissioning 3.15.16
Meeting of May 26, 2016
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting
- Entergy May 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- State May 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- State Filed Decommissioning ANPR Comments Presentation for May 2016 NDCAP
- Draft Charter Language - Remote Public Access to NDCAP Meetings
Meeting of June 23, 2016
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting
- Entergy June 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation
- State June 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation
- VT Dept of Environmental Conservation Regulatory Overview Presentation - June 2016
- VT Dept of Health Radiological Health Rule Presentation - June 2016
Meeting of September 22, 2016
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting
- Value of Decommissioning Trust as of June 30, 2016
- Value of Decommissioning Trust as of August 31, 2016
- VNDCAP Draft Minutes 6.23.16 - FOR APPROVAL
- VNDCAP Draft Minutes 11.12.15 - FOR APPROVAL
- VNDCAP Draft Minutes 12.10.15 - FOR APPROVAL
- 2016.09.16 - Cong. Welch et al - NRC Decommissioning Rulemaking
- Entergy September 2016 Decommissioning Status Presentation to NDCAP
- State September 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- Entergy VY Water Management September 2016 Update Presentation to NDCAP
- VT DEMHS New Radiological Emergency Response Plan September 2016 Presentation to NDCAP
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting
- Entergy October 2016 Decommissioning Status Presentation to NDCAP
- Massachusetts DEP DHowland Yankee Rowe Decommissioning Experience Presentation to NDCAP 10.27.2016
- State October 2016 Decommissioning Highlights Presentation to NDCAP
- NDCAP Draft Minutes 9.22.16 - FOR APPROVAL
- NDCAP Draft Minutes 3.24.16 - FOR APPROVAL
Approved Advisory Opinions
- NDCAP Advisory Opinion - Engaging Host Communities - Adopted 11.12.15
- NDCAP Advisory Opinion – Construction of a Second VY Spent Fuel Storage Pad – Adopted 02.25.16
Reports & Resources
- NRC Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) Meeting Video
- NRC VT Yankee Decommissioning Info webinar 2-5-2015 - Notes
- Entergy Statement on Vermont Yankee Closure
- Entergy and Vermont Yankee's "Thank You Vermont" video
- Comments in Response to Entergy VY Site Assessment Study and Draft Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report
- For Emergency information on Vermont Yankee, see the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station - NRC Integrated Inspection Report for the period January 1 through March 31, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14132A183)
- Vermont Radiological Emergency Response Plan for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station. Emergency information on Vermont Yankee.
- Entergy's Site Assessment Report for VT Yankee
- General Information on Vermont Yankee's Decommissioning (an Entergy-maintained website)
- BCTV Archive of Previous NDCAP Meetings
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee) is a nominal 650 megawatt boiling water reactor located in the southeastern corner of Vermont, in the town of Vernon. Vermont Yankee is the largest electric generation station within Vermont. In 2002, Vermont Yankee was sold by the eight New England utilities that owned the plant to Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Vermont Yankee began operating in 1972 and was licensed to operate for 40 years through March 21, 2012. Vermont Yankee received a renewed operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) extending the plant operation for an additional 20 years to 2032. In addition, Vermont Yankee also needed to receive approval from the State of Vermont to operate beyond 2012. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee petitioned the Vermont Public Service Board for a Certificate of Public Good in Docket 7862, to operate Vermont Yankee for an additional twenty-year period ending in 2032. However, on August 27, 2013, Entergy announced that Vermont Yankee would cease operations in the fourth quarter of 2014 for economic reasons, and also amended its petition in Docket 7862 to seek approval to operate only through December 31, 2014. On September 23, 2013, Entergy formally notified the NRC that it would cease operations in 2014.
On December 23, 2013, the State of Vermont and Entergy VY announced a Settlement Agreement (the "Agreement") that resolved all ongoing litigation between the State and Entergy VY, and provided a path to decommissioning and site restoration of Vermont Yankee. The full text of the Agreement can be read here. The Agreement was contingent upon the Public Service Board issuing a Certificate of Public Good in Docket 7862 by March 31, 2014. As part of the Agreement, the State and Entergy VY submitted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Public Service Board in Docket 7862. The full text of the MOU can be read here. A joint statement by the parties to the Agreement can be read here.
On March 28, 2014, the Vermont Public Service Board conditionally granted Entergy VY an amended Certificate of Public Good (CPG) authorizing Entergy VY to own and operate the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station until December 31, 2014, subject to the MOU. The Final Order can be read here, and the Amended CPG can be read here.
Nuclear Issues Vermont Faces
In the present and coming years, Vermont faces a number of issues related to the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee power station (Vermont Yankee) including:
- The national dilemma of no permanent storage plan for spent nuclear fuel from power reactors.
- Additional studies are being conducted concerning lessons learned from the problems uncovered at Fukushima, Japan following the tsunami event there.
The Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan also contains more extensive discussion of these and other nuclear issues.
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station Officially Disconnected From The Grid
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station officially disconnected from the grid on December 29, 2014, at 12:12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The reactor was manually shut down at 13:04 PM, following a controlled reduction of reactor recirculation flow and a sequential insertion of the plant's regulating control rod groups. The shutdown occurred without incident.
Governor Peter Shumlin released the following statement on the closure of Vermont Yankee:
The closure of Vermont Yankee marks the end of years of controversy over operation of a nuclear plant in our state. I have long advocated for the closing of this plant at the end of its original license, and I believe the ceasing of operations today after nearly 43 years represents a positive step for our state and our energy future. Today, thanks to investments in renewable energy such as solar, Vermont's energy future is on a different, more sustainable path that is creating jobs, reducing energy costs for Vermonters and slowing climate change.
I know this is hard news for the many Vermonters who have relied on the Vermont Yankee plant for employment and economic opportunity in Windham County and beyond. I want to thank the employees of the plant for their hard work over the years. My administration will continue working with local communities to ensure that the Windham County region grows jobs and economic opportunity as operations wind down at Vermont Yankee. We will also continue to work with Entergy and community partners to ensure that decommissioning happens as promptly and smoothly as possible.
In December 2013, the Governor, Attorney General Bill Sorrell, and Bill Mohl, President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, announced a settlement agreement between the State and Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee that resolves all ongoing litigation between the State and Entergy VY and provided a path to resolve proceedings at the Public Service Board.
Under the terms of that agreement, Entergy VY agreed to close the facility before the end of 2014, and will provide $10 million in economic development for Windham County over five years and $5.2 million in clean energy development support for Windham County and elsewhere, as well as a transitional $5 million payment to the State for calendar year 2015. Entergy VY also agreed to set aside a new $25 million fund to ensure the site is restored after decommissioning.
In a message to the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia said that while Vermont obviously disagreed with the continued operation of the facility, everyone's efforts at ensuring safe plant operations this past year, as well as the efforts of all to meet the scheduled shutdown consistent with the settlement agreement, were appreciated. "I look forward to working constructively with everyone on the timely transfer of fuel to dry cask storage and ultimate decontamination and dismantlement of the property as soon as possible," Recchia added.