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.

The first meeting of the Committee was held on January 20, 2021.  A recording of this meeting webcast is available here:


FWNP Committee Organizational Notes

The next meeting of the VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 1 PM to 2 PM. In accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted as a Microsoft Teams webcast and teleconference.  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 will continue assessing its gathered information on current federal nuclear waste policies and proposed Congressional nuclear waste legislation.  This gathered Information is available below in the “Background Readings” sections below. 

Potential actions regarding these policies and legislative proposals will be identified.

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 will meet on a monthly basis (at least for the next several months). Subsequent Committee meetings will be held on the following dates:

Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1 PM to 2 PM

Monday, April 19, 2021 at 1 PM to 2 PM

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 1 PM to 2 PM

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 1 PM to 2 PM

Further details on these 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.

Public Comments from the January 20, 2021 Meeting:

Schuyler Gould Comments

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. 

Background Readings Suggested by Committee Members:

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

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

November 2017 NDCAP Presentation on Spent Fuel Transportation Planning

Vermont Yankee Site Landscape Inventory