VT NDCAP FEDERAL NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY COMMITTEE
VT NDCAP’s Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee was created in December 2020 in order for the Panel to learn more about US national spent fuel storage and disposal issues. The Committee will develop recommendations on US nuclear waste policies for the Full Panel to consider.
Written Public Comments and Questions may be sent to the VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.
All emails sent to the Committee (or VT NDCAP itself) become public record.
CURRENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES:
The Committee is considering its next steps in assessing current Federal nuclear waste policies, including the review of recent Congressional efforts on spent fuel legislation and the status of the Congressional Spent Fuel Caucus that was established in early 2021. Currently, the Committee is seeking to learn more about long term spent fuel storage options.
- At the May 23 Committee Meeting, representatives from Holtec International will discuss the company’s plans for long-term monitoring and aging management of spent fuel storage systems, such as those currently used at Vermont Yankee.
- At its March 28 meeting, the Committee received a presentation from Deep Isolation, a Berkeley, CA-based start-up company, that proposes using existing “side drilling” oil well technology as a means for spent nuclear fuel disposal.
- The Committee hopes meet with other spent fuel storage technology vendors at its next several meetings.
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEETINGS
March 28, 2022
- 2022-03-28 Committee Webcast Recording
- 2022-03-28 Teams Meeting Chat
- WAMC News Coverage of Committee Meeting
- Deep Isolation Overview of Safety Calculations
- Deep Isolation Frequently Asked Questions
Further information on Deep Isolation is available at: https://www.deepisolation.com/our-story/
January 31, 2022
2022-01-31 Teams Meeting Chat
Committee Draft Advisory Opinion (February 3, 2022 Version)
December 20, 2021
2021-12-20 Teams Meeting Chat
November 15, 2021
2021-11-15 Committee Webcast Recording
October 18, 2021
September 20, 2021
Monday, May 23, 2022, 12 PM to 2 PM
VT NDCAP's Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee (FNWPC) will hold its third meeting of the year on Monday, May 23, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.
At this meeting, the Committee will discuss next steps in assessing current Federal nuclear waste policies. Potential ideas for publicizing Advisory Opinions published by the Full Panel will be discussed. Representatives from Holtec International will be available to discuss the company’s plans for long-term monitoring and aging management of spent fuel storage systems, such as those currently used at the Vermont Yankee site.
While this meeting will be conducted primarily as a webcast and teleconference, in accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law, the following physical location will be available for those wishing to attend this meeting in-person:
118 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Limited parking is available behind the building. Additional parking is available at the Brattleboro Transportation Center Parking Garage located one block east of the meeting site. Facemasks are encouraged for all meeting attendees. Social distancing will be enforced.
Webcast meeting access will available through the following Microsoft Teams weblink:
While this weblink will broadcast both the video and audio portions of the webcast, the meeting audio will also be available from the following phone connections:
(802) 552-8456 - OR - (802) 828-7228
Conference ID: 557 345 274#
Additional instructions for joining a VT NDCAP Microsoft Teams meeting are available from the following links:
Members of the public are encouraged to provide written questions and comments to the Committee via VT NDCAP’s email address at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov. All emails sent to the Committee become public record and may be published on the VT NDCAP website (https://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap) or on this Committee webpage.
Additional 2022 Committee meeting dates will be announced here once they are known. Further details on upcoming Committee Meetings will be published here as they become available.
All Committee (as well as all other NDCAP) meetings are open to the public. Questions regarding any of the Committee’s announced meetings may be directed to State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at email@example.com or (802) 272-1714.
September 2021 GAO Recommendations for Federal Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy Actions (GAO-21-603 Full Report)
Background Reading on National Spent Fuel Policy Topics
Yucca Mountain Related Links:
NRC Yucca Mountain Brochure (aka Yucca Mountain “Backgrounder”)
US Interim Storage Facility Links:
Interim Storage Facility NRC License Submittals (includes links for both proposed facilities)
Spent Fuel Transportation Topics:
Spent Fuel Transport Railcar Development Status (Atlas & Fortis Railcars)
Additional Suggested Background Readings: