As reported by John Dillon at Vermont Public Radio, the State of Vermont has yet again asserted its right and authority to oversee operations at Entergy's controversial Vermont Yankee (VY) atomic reactor in Vernon near Brattleboro. VY is a Fukushima Daiichi twin design -- a General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor.
This time, the State of Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has ruled it does have the authority to hear issues involving VY's impacts, such as thermal hot water releases, on the Connecticut River. Such thermal discharges harm the river ecosystem, of course, including its fisheries.
The PSB is currently holding hearings on whether or not to grant Entergy a renewed Certificate of Public Good (CPG), needed in order to conduct business in the State of Vermont. VY is operating under an expired CPG, which expired on March 22, 2012 -- the first day of VY's U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rubber-stamped 20-year license extension. VY is also operating with an expired surface water discharge permit, which expired in 2006. The PSB has ruled that Entergy cannot rely on that expired discharge permit as supposed proof that its impacts on the Connecticut are acceptable.