Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP)

 

The 19 member Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) was established by Act 178 of the 2014 Vermont legislative session to replace the seven-member Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel (VSNAP) that had been in place while Vermont Yankee produced electricity. VT NDCAP includes six citizen members, two each to be appointed by the Governor, the Senate President Pro Tempore and the House Speaker, as well as representation from twelve additional Vermont Yankee decommissioning stakeholder organizations.

FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING MEETINGS, go to the "Upcoming NDCAP Meetings" section below

IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATES

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

In response to Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders, all upcoming NDCAP meetings will be conducted as webcasts or teleconferences, for the duration of declared state of emergency.  Meeting connection information will be made available for all members of the public wishing to join the meeting via audio connection.  All NDCAP teleconferences and webcasts will comply with Vermont’s COVID-19 Impacts and Considerations for Open Meeting Law guidance.


NDCAP 2019 Annual Report Approved

The Panel’s 2019 Annual Report was finalized and approved at the January 13, 2020 Full Panel Meeting. 

Vermont Yankee Sale Completed

On January 11, 2019, Entergy’s sale of Vermont Yankee (VY) to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, Inc., was completed. Vermont Yankee ownership now consists of NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Company, LLC and NorthStar Vermont Yankeed, LLC. 

 Details on Vermont Yankee’s ownership and operational history are available on the Brief History of Vermont Nuclear Power webpage.  

Related Vermont Public Utility Commission Docket(s)

NDCAP Meeting Archives


Upcoming NDCAP Meetings

MEETING OF THE FULL PANEL

Monday, September 21, 2020, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Webcast/Teleconference

The Panel will hold its fourth meeting of 2020 on Monday evening, September 21, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. In accordance with changes to Vermont Open Meeting Law in response 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 by using the following link: 

VT_NDCAP_Microsoft_Teams_Meeting_2020-09-21

This weblink will broadcast both the audio and video portions of the meeting.  The following dial-in line may also be used for the audio connection (suggested for those with poor internet connectivity): 

Phone number: (802) 828-7228 -or- (802) 552-8456

Conference Room Number: 275 708 858 (followed by the “#” sign)

The following short tutorial videos are suggested for those who are unfamiliar with using the Microsoft Teams meeting interface:

Join a Teams meeting from a web-browser: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga64MuSlAxY

Join a Teams meeting from the Microsoft Teams app (shows two additional options for joining a Teams meeting):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6bSIwR0-4

To cut down on background noise, all meeting attendees are encouraged to self-mute when not speaking.  (Click on the microphone icon on the video interface or press “*6” on your phone.)

NorthStar and Vermont State Agencies will present highlights of recent Vermont Yankee decommissioning activities.  Additionally, the Panel will hear a presentation from Jim Hamilton (Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative) on the status of US Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy.  A summary of spent fuel-related bills currently before Congress will also be provided by Vermont Congressional Staff.  The complete agenda is available in the “Meeting of September 21, 2020” section below.

Meeting presentation materials will be added to the “Meeting of September 21, 2020” section as they become available.  All presentations will be available for electronic viewing prior to the start of the meeting.  (Downloading the presentations prior to the meeting start is suggested for those with for those with poor internet connectivity.) 

Questions or comments on the meeting presentations may be sent to the Panel before, during or after the meeting by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.  Members of the public who anticipate speaking during the meeting’s public comment periods are encouraged to register in advanced by emailing this address. 

Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or 802-272-1714.

MEETING OF THE NDCAP ISSUES COMMITTEE

The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) Issues Committee meets to identify potential agenda items for future meetings of the Full Panel.  A Special Meeting of the Issues Committee was held on June 3, 2020 to identify agenda items for the September 21, 2020 Full Panel meeting. An audio recording and meeting notes from this Special Meeting are available below.

No additional meetings of the Issues Committee are currently scheduled.  The Issues Committee will next meet after the September 21, 2020 Full Panel meeting, at a date and time to be determined. 

All meetings of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (including its committee meeting) are open to the public. For further details regarding or to request a remote access connection to any VT NDCAP Full Panel or committee meeting, please contact State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or 802-272-1714.

The video recording, agenda, and meeting materials for the Panel’s most recent (May 4, 2020) meeting are available below.

Public comments and questions regarding Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning may be emailed to the Panel at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.

All emails sent to NDCAP become public record.

Meeting of September 21, 2020

Issues Committee Meeting of June 3, 2020

Meeting of May 4, 2020

Issues Committee Meeting of April 13, 2020

Meeting of February 3, 2020

Meeting of January 13, 2020

Meeting of December 05, 2019

Issues Committee Meeting of November 21, 2019

Meeting of October 16, 2019

Issues Committee Meeting of July 24, 2019

Approved Advisory Opinions

Reports

Resources

Brief History of Vermont Nuclear Power