Vermont utility board votes against renewing Vermont Yankee license

first_imgWashington Electric Cooperative Inc,The Board of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) has called on the Vermont Legislature to vote against authorizing continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant after its current operating license expires in 2012. They further urged legislative leaders to vote on the matter early in this legislative session.In a resolution adopted unanimously at its January 27th meeting (attached), the WEC board cited several reasons for its position, expressing concerns about Vermont Yankee owner Entergy s poor track record in operating the plant, its proposed spin-off of plant ownership to a debt-laden entity Enexus, the growing on-site stockpile of high level radioactive waste, insufficient funding for decommissioning potentially worsened by recent leaks of radioactive materials, as well as WEC s potential liabilities for paying part of these costs.In a letter to members of the Vermont House and Senate, after urging legislative leaders to vote against extending the plant s license past 2012, WEC s Board President Barry Bernstein stated:  Our Board feels strongly that a timely decision on the plant s continued operation by the Vermont Legislature is critically important. It would enable state utilities and regulators to plan for an efficient transition from current dependence on the plant to a safe and sustainable energy future for Vermont. Washington Electric Co-op is a consumer-owned utility serving over 10,000 member households and businesses in 41 towns in Orange, Washington, Caledonia and Orleans Counties. The Co-op s nine-member Board of Directors is elected by its member/owners. Source: WEC. 1.28.2010### AttachmentSize WEC_VY_press_release__resolution.pdf259.76 KBlast_img

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