Legislative leaders call for governor to withdraw support for Vermont Yankee spinoff

first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Shumlin, today called on the Douglas Administration to institute a transparent, independent process by which Vermonters receive information about the leak at Vermont Yankee.  The leaders also called on the Department of Public Service (DPS) to reinstate their opposition to the proposed Enexus spin off due to the discovery of the radioactive isotopes tritium and cobalt 60 at the plant, which could potentially double the costs of decommissioning.The legislative leaders spoke of Vermonter’s frustration and anxiety with the radioactive leak at Vermont Yankee, the fact that Entergy misled the public about the existence of underground piping at the plant and the lack of a process to distribute information to the public. Legislative leaders only discovered the existence of the pipe trench through an offhand comment by a state official a week after the Administration was informed, that there was cobalt 60 leaking at the plant through the media and learned of a 2007 underground pipe inspection program through an anonymous source.  Vermonters expect and deserve regular updates giving us clear, reliable and verifiable information from sources that are independent from Entergy. “There is a growing sense of frustration and concern among Vermonters that the state is relying on Entergy’s public relations staff to keep us informed about developments at the plant,” said Senator Shumlin. “The same people that gave the public misinformation about the existence of the underground pipes should not be our only source for information as we work to resolve this crisis.  We request that the Administration implement a transparent and independent process by which updates and briefings about the leak are given on a regular basis to the public.”“Given that the Department of Public Service, in part, based their support for the Enexus spin off on provisions relating to the cost of decommissioning and the tritium and cobalt 60 leak could drastically increase that cost, the Department should withdraw their support for the Enexus spin off,” said Speaker Shap Smith.  “If the proposed Enexus spin off is approved, the chance that Vermonters will be left paying to clean up the plant increases dramatically.  Vermonters can not afford to pay the cost of decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant – a cost that could be well over one billion dollars.”Source: Shumlin’s office. 1.25.2010last_img

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