VERNON >> Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee has reached an agreement with the state of Vermont for the funding of Emergency Management Planning covering the next two fiscal years beginning July 1 of this year. In addition, a four-year agreement was reached with the state of Massachusetts also commencing on July 1.
For Vermont, a two-year agreement totaling $600,000 was reached. The agreement acknowledges that the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will not use its authority to "bill back" any expenses associated with the oversight and monitoring of post-closure activities or emergency management planning expenses at Vermont Yankee.
Under terms of the agreement in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will receive a total of $229,000 in funding for purposes of supporting emergency planning for a four-year period beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020. These monies will be distributed to MEMA and the seven Massachusetts towns (Bernardston, Colrain, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Northfield and Warwick) which were previously located within the Vermont Yankee emergency planning zone.
In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Health signed a four-year agreement for $50,000.
The funding that will be paid to Massachusetts is the same amount Vermont Yankee agreed to pay to New Hampshire in an agreement reached last year, thus providing continued Emergency Plan funding to all three states surrounding the site.
Entergy Vermont Yankee reduced its emergency planning zone in April 2016 with the approval of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board recently denied a motion by the state of Vermont to continue the EPZ.
"Once again we worked collaboratively with the State of Vermont and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are pleased to have negotiated an agreement which covers emergency planning expenses in both Vermont and Massachusetts," Joe Lynch, Vermont Yankee senior external affairs manager said. "Without the agreements the state and towns would no longer receive emergency preparedness funding from Vermont Yankee."