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Vermont Yankee

NRC meeting set for Brattleboro high school Wednesday

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss its annual review of safety performance at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting in Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium, will include a brief presentation on the decommissioning process followed by a formal question-and-answer session regarding performance of the Vernon plant, which is scheduled to end operations at the end of the year.

The NRC reports that overall, the plant, operated safely during 2013, with all performance indicators noted as “green,” or very low risk, and no inspection findings exceeded “very low safety significance,” so the plant will continue to be under NRC’s normal level of oversight for the remainder of the year, barring any changes.

The anti-nuclear New England Coalition is urging residents to attend the meeting, saying that NRC officials “need a show of public interest to cut through the political haze at the agency.”

“We’ll be glad to talk about decommissioning,” said Coalition Trustee Clay Turnbull, “but we have seven long months to go with an antique reactor operating at 120 percent of its original licensed thermal power, reduced maintenance and a demoralized staff.

Turnbull added, “We want to know what NRC is doing in its oversight capacity to compensate for the effects of Entergy’s August 2013 decision to finish irradiating one last load of fuel before permanently shutting down this coming winter. NRC works best with us looking over their shoulder.”

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