VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy



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.

Click Here for Information on Upcoming Committee Meetings 

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


January 20, 2021

2021-01-20 Committee Webcast Recording  

FWNP Committee Organizational Notes

Schuyler Gould Comments

February 22, 2021

2021-02-22 Committee Webcast Recording 

February 22, 2021 FWNP Committee Meeting Notes  

March 15, 2021

2021-03-15 Committee Webcast Recording

March 15, 2021 Committee Meeting Agenda 

April 19, 2021

2021-04-19 Committee Webcast Recording

2021-04-19 Committee Meeting Notes 

May 17, 2021


Congressional Research Service Report on Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal (September 2020)

Congressional Research Service Nuclear Energy Issues Overview Report (May 2021)

US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board Recommendations on National Nuclear Waste Management (April 2021)

June 21, 2021

2021-06-21 Committee Webcast Recording

2021-06-04 Congressional Letter on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage 

July 19, 2021

2021-07-19 Committee Webcast Recording

Cost Implications of an Interim Storage Facility in the Waste Management System (2016 Dept. of Energy Estimate)

August 23, 2021

2021-08-23 Committee Webcast Recording

Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2020 (One Page Description)

Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2020 (Text of Bill)

Storage and Transportation of Residual and Excess (STORE) Nuclear Fuel Act of 2021 [ENACTED LAW]  

Town of Vernon Statement on Spent Nuclear Fuel

September 20, 2021

2021-09-20 Committee Webcast Recording

Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Draft Report

Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Updated Draft Report

October 18, 2021

2021-10-18 Committee Webcast Recording

2021-10-18 Teams Meeting Chat  


The next meeting of the VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1 PM to 2 PM.  This meeting will be conducted primarily as a Microsoft Teams webcast and teleconference.  However, in accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law, members of the public may meet at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT to participate in this meeting. In compliance with the Town of Brattleboro Selectboard’s August 17 resolution, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear facemasks.  Social Distancing between meeting attendees will be enforced.

Further details for the November 15 meeting will be announced here in the near future.

Members of the public may join the webcast via the following link: 

Join VT-NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Meeting

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 Microsoft Teams meeting are available in the “Upcoming NDCAP Meetings” section of the NDCAP website (https://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap).

The Committee meeting will run for no more than one hour.  Opportunities for members of the public to speak during this meeting will be limited due to this time constraint.  Members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments and suggested nuclear waste policy reading materials 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.

The Committee’s last meeting for the year is tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2021 at 1 PM to 2 PM.

2022 Committee meeting dates will be announced 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 anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or (802) 272-1714.

New Reading Materials 

September 2021 GAO Recommendations for Federal Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy Actions (GAO-21-603 Full Report) 

One Page Summary of GAO-21-603 Recommendations  

2021 US Senate Proposed Nuclear Waste Task Force

Background Reading on National Spent Fuel Policy Topics

2012 Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission Report on America’s Nuclear Future

Sierra Club Guidance on High-Level Nuclear Waste Management

World Nuclear Association Summary of National Nuclear Waste Policies

US Government Accountability Office Nuclear Waste Disposal Issues Summary

Nuclear Energy Institute Used Nuclear Fuel Policy Position

Science Matters, LLC Nuclear Waste Disposal Options Summary

NWSC Call for Action on US Spent Fuel Storage and Disposal

Marvin Resnikoff Article on Radwaste Disposal & Greater Than Class C Waste

NRC Documentation on Greater Than Class C Waste

US Department of Energy Nuclear Waste Fund Financial Statement Audit

2021 Potential Paths Forward on US Nuclear Waste Policy (Columbia University Article)

Yucca Mountain Related Links:

NRC Review Status of Yucca Mountain Facility License Application 

US Department of Energy License Application for Yucca Mountain Facility

NRC Evaluation Documents for Yucca Mountain Application

NRC Yucca Mountain Brochure (aka Yucca Mountain “Backgrounder”)

Nevada Perspective on Yucca Mountain (2010 Idaho Law Review Article)

Brief History of Yucca Mountain Site Selection

Yucca Mountain: The Most Studied Real Estate on the Planet (2006 US Senate Report)

US Interim Storage Facility Links:

Interim Storage Facility NRC License Submittals (includes links for both proposed facilities)

2015 Andrews County Resolution Supporting an Interim Storage Facility  

2021 Andrews County Resolution Opposing Interim Storage Facility  

2021 Texas Legislature Letter Opposing Interim Storage Facility  

2021-09-09 Texas Law Opposing Interim Storage Facility 

Additional Details on Texas Law Opposing Interim Storage Facility  

2021-09-13 NRC Press Release on Andrews County Interim Storage Facility 

NRC Approval Documentation for Andrews County Interim Storage Facility

Spent Fuel Transportation Topics:

Spent Fuel Transport Railcar Development Status (Atlas & Fortis Railcars)

Gap Analysis for Supporting Spent Fuel Transportation and Extended Storage

November 2017 NDCAP Presentation on Spent Fuel Transportation Planning

Additional Suggested Background Readings:

Windham Regional Commission Comments on Spent Fuel Repository Consent-Based Siting

November 2017 NDCAP Presentation on US Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

Vermont Yankee Site Landscape Inventory

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020