Letter: Get it done sooner rather than later

Editor of the Reformer:

I appreciate Maggie Taylor's interest in the sale of Vermont Yankee ("Don't trust the fox in the hen house," Jan. 17) however, her concern appears to be not as much against NorthStar's plan as the risk of living in close proximity to the spent fuel storage pad.

Until the federal government approves a spent fuel repository, the fuel will be safely contained at the Yankee site in Vernon. Later this spring, Entergy will have transferred all of the spent fuel into dry storage casks, which are designed to withstand significant impact, weather, and extreme heat and cold for more than a century. The storage pad will be closely monitored by internal and external technology and by human security, making it safe for nearby residents, until the federal government assumes its long-promised responsibility and removes the spent fuel from Vermont.

NorthStar's plan to decommission Vermont Yankee within the next decade further ensures the environmental safety of the site by removing contaminated material within the next 10 years, rather than waiting until 2072 under the current plan. Completing the job now saves money and time down the road, and reduces environmental risks, too.

Bob Leach,

Brattleboro, Jan. 26


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