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Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP)

The 19 member Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) was established by Act 179 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.  Act 54 of the 2021 Vermont legislative session modified the composition of VT NDCAP and revised its funding mechanism.  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 eleven additional Vermont Yankee decommissioning stakeholder organizations.

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

 

UPCOMING VT NDCAP MEETINGS:

IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATES

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See "Upcoming NDCAP Meetings" for Full Panel Meeting Dates in 2024.

 

March 2024 VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Federal Nuclear Waste Policy (FNWP) Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) will occur on Monday, March 4, 2024 beginning at 12 noonFurther details on this meeting will be published on the FNWP Committee Webpage as they become available.

NDCAP 2023 Annual Report Published

The Panel’s 2023 Annual Report was finalized and published on January 12, 2024.

 

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Recent VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Meetings

At the December 4 meeting of the Federal Nuclear Waste Policy (FNWP) Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP), the Committee discussed the summaries of its 2023 meetings included in the Panel Annual Report.  Potential meeting topics for 2024 were also discussed.  

The Federal Nuclear Waste Policy (FNWP) Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) held meetings on June 12 and June 19, 2023.  At each of these meetings, an invited Technical Expert discussed potential Spent Nuclear Fuel recycling options.  Further details on these meetings are available from the FNWP Committee Webpage.

The FWNP Committee held its first meeting of 2023 on March 6.  At this meeting, two Legal Experts discussed Two Perspectives on Amending the 1982 & 1986 Nuclear Waste Policy Acts (NWPAs).  Changes to NWPA have been proposed in the past several US Congresses and are expected to be reintroduced in the current Congress. Further details on this meeting are available from the FNWP Committee Webpage.

 

Physical Meeting Spaces for VT NDCAP Meetings through July 1, 2024

With the passage of ACT 78 of the 2022 Vermont Legislature, physical meeting spaces were not required for public meetings conducted between January 18, 2022 and January 15, 2023.  As a result, VT NDCAP meetings held during 2022 were conducted via webcast and teleconference without an announced physical meeting space.  With the passage of ACT 1 of the 2023 Vermont Legislature, the physical meeting space requirement was suspended through July 1, 2024.  It is currently expected that the May 13, 2024 Full Panel meeting and all VT NDCAP Committee meetings scheduled during the first half of 2024 will be held virtually.  VT NDCAP will assess whether it is practical to have announced physical meeting spaces for its 2024 public meetings on a meeting-by-meeting basis.  

Further details on upcoming Full Panel meetings will be posted on this website as they become available.

The next VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2024. This meeting will be held via webcast.  Further details about these meetings are available on the Committee Webpage.

 

NDCAP 2022 Annual Report Published

The Panel’s 2022 Annual Report was finalized and published on January 13, 2023.

 

PANEL APPROVES ADVISORY OPINION ON DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CONSENT-BASED SITING PROCESS 

At a Special Meeting held February 28 (2022), VT NDCAP approved an Advisory Opinion in response to the US Department’ Energy's December 2021 Request for Information on Using a Consent-Based Siting Process to Identify Federal Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facilities.  Presentations, a video recording and further details from this meeting are available in the the Meeting Materials section of this webpage.    

 

Vermont Yankee's Active Decommissioning Continues

On January 11, 2019, Vermont Yankee (VY) was formally sold to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, Inc., to begin active decommissioning. 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.  

 

Public Utility Commission Docket(s) relevant to Vermont Yankee Decommissioning

 


Upcoming NDCAP Meetings

FULL PANEL MEETINGS

Monday, May 13, 2024

Time & Location to be Announced

Zoom Webcast 

VT NDCAP will hold its first regular meeting of 2024 on Monday evening, May 13, most likely beginning at 6:00 PM.  Further details on this meeting will be published here as they become available.

Meeting Materials and the Complete Agenda for this meeting will be posted here through links contained on this webpage as they become available.

Votes on Panel agenda items may occur.

As permitted by ACT 1 of the 2023 Vermont Legislature, this meeting may be conducted solely as a webcast and teleconference via Zoom.  A decision on whether a physical location will be designated for this meeting will be announced in early May 2024.  Connectivity information for joining the meeting by computer or smart device will likely be as follows:

      ZOOM Webcast Connectivity for Full Panel Meetings:

      To join VT NDCAP meetings using a computer or smart device:

             https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84989288210?pwd=S3NEYnNEcWI3VEhGUWZ0bHdodWttQT09

             Meeting ID:            849 8928 8210

             Webcast Passcode:  uRMzy5

       To join VT NDCAP meetings audio by phone (suggested for those with poor internet connectivity):

             Phone number:       (646) 558-8656 -or- (301) 715-8592

             Meeting ID:           849 8928 8210

              Audio Passcode:     848854

Additional Full Panel Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 23, 2024
  • December 9, 2024

Further details on these meetings will be published here as they become available.

Questions regarding these (or any VT NDCAP) meetings may be directed to State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or 802-272-1714.   Questions or comments may be sent to the Panel by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov All emails sent to VT NDCAP become public record.

 

VT NDCAP FEDERAL NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Meeting dates, connectivity information, and further details for VT NDCAP’s Federal Nuclear Waste Policy (FNWP) Committee meetings are available at the FNWP Committee Webpage.  Meeting recordings and additional materials from the Committee’s prior meetings are also available on this page.

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.  

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

 

VT NDCAP ISSUES COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The VT NDCAP Issues Committee was created to identify potential agenda items for future meetings of the Full Panel. 

 

All meetings of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (including its committee meeting) are open to the public. 

For further details regarding any VT NDCAP Full Panel or committee meeting, please contact State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or 802-272-1714.  

 

All emails sent to VT NDCAP or its committees become public record.

 

Meeting Materials

Upcoming Full Panel Meetings

  • May 13, 2024

  • September 23, 2024

  • December 9, 2024

Materials for the Panel's 2024 Calendar Year meetings will be published here as they become available.

 

Recent Full Panel Meetings

Meeting of December 11, 2023

 

Meeting of September 18, 2023

 

Meeting of May 8, 2023

 

Panel Meetings from Previous Years (Meeting Archives)

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Approved Advisory Opinions:

 

Resources

 

Brief History of Vermont Nuclear Power

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