Editor of the Reformer,
High Level Nuclear Waste (HLNW) is a byproduct of nuclear power plants and is extremely dangerous for thousands of years. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, located in Vernon, has been shut down since 2014 and the HLNW it produced over the years of operation has been transferred into stainless steel and concrete dry casks stored on-site. Currently our federal government has not come up with a permanent site to store HLNW safely over time.
NorthStar, the corporation which now owns VT Yankee, wants to transport that waste to a Centralized "Interim" Storage (CIS) site that it owns in Texas. To transport this waste is a dangerous proposition since an accident would likely result in great damage to the environment and the life forms in the surrounding area. We should only be moving the material once to a permanent repository. Also, if VT Yankee's HLNW is allowed to be transported across the country on our highways, railways, and waterways to a temporary open-air storage site, such a precedent would likely result in thousands of shipments across the country as other nuclear plants are shut down over the coming four decades.
Communities in the Southwest are speaking out in opposition to accepting our toxic waste. As members of the VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance (VYDA), we support their concerns and are against the transportation and interim storage of VT Yankee's waste at a CIS. We feel it is safer to keep our waste within our state in monitored, hardened, on-site storage in stainless steel and concrete dry casks while a scientifically-based permanent storage site is located.
For the above reasons, join us in contacting Congressman Peter Welch and urge him to vote against any bill that would authorize Centralized Interim Storage of High Level Nuclear Waste.