2019 Regional Nuclear Decommissioning Forum
Thursday, October 10
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
On Thursday, October 10, Clearwater organized a forum on decommissioning nuclear power plants at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library. The forum was sponsored by NYS Senator Peter Harckham, NYS Assemblymember Sandy Galef, who offered welcoming remarks, and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, who moderated a panel of representatives of Nuclear Reactor Communities, including Mayor Billy McKinney from Zion, IL, Ret. Admiral Len Hering from San Infra, CA, Janet Tauro from Oyster Creek, and others — each sharing their first-hand experience with the decommissioning of closed or closing nuclear reactors. A panel of experts on nuclear waste storage and decommissioning issues followed. With Indian Point Unit-2 scheduled to close next year and Unit-3 in 2021, this timely informational meeting brought important relevant knowledge and experience to local, county, state and federal elected officials and other decision-makers. The event was free and open to the public, and attended by many elected officials and nearly one hundred local citizens.
NY State Assembly Member Sandy Galef
Panel of Representatives of Nuclear Reactor Communities
Panelist were asked about the status of decommissioning at the facilities in their community, the size and use of the Decommissioning Trust Fund, the effectiveness of the Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) or Panel (CAP), Emergency Planning after closure, and related topics – with emphasis on what worked and what did not. Seth Tuler, Research Fellow, Social and Environmental Research Institute, provided a report on Citizen Advisory Boards (CAB), Citizen Oversight Boards (COB) and Nuclear Decommissioning Panels (NDCAP) – see handouts below, which is attached.
(See bios for more information)
- VT Yankee, Yankee Rowe, Maine Yankee — Deb Katz, Citizen Awareness Network (photos)
- Three Mile Island – Eric Epstein, Three Mile Island Alert (notes)
- Pilgrim, MA – Mary Lampert, Pilgrim Watch (slides) (response to questions)
- Zion, IL – Mayor Billy McKinney, City of Zion
- Oyster Creek, NJ — Janet Tauro, Clean Water Action of NJ (response to questions)
- San Onofre, CA – Rear Admiral Len Hering, Sr. USN (Ret.), safety expert (via teleconference)
Panel of Experts on Decommissioning Issues:
(See bios for more information)
- Casks, Canisters & High Burnup Fuel – Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies (slides)
- Transportation of Casks to CIS or Other Repository – Marvin Resnikoff, Senior Associate, Radioactive Waste Management Associates (slides)
- Radiation Monitoring — Eric Epstein of EFMR Monitoring Group (slides)
- Decommissioning Trust Funds – Robert Alvarez covered this topic
- Legislative Update – Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS) (teleconference)
Q & A: Moderator: Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Overview of Decommissioning Companies: Holtec, Orano and Energy Solutions
Video Coverage by Nuclear Energy TV
On Oct. 17, NuclearEnergyTV.com also filmed the NRC’s pre-submittal proceedings by Entergy and Holtec for the license transfer application for Indian Point facility. During the Q&A portion of the meeting, Geri Shapiro of Senator Gillibrand’s office recommended that all present should view the videos from the Oct. 10 Regional Nuclear Decommissioning Forum.
- 2019 Regional Nuclear Decommissioning Glossary
- Report on Decommissioning Companies: Nuclear Decommissioning Specialists: Quick and Dirty or Lean and Clean? by Steve Kent, firstname.lastname@example.org (Available soon)
- Brief Overview of Decommissioning Community Advisory Panels (CAPs) – Seth Tuler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, email@example.com
- Statement of Principle for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors/Hardened Onsite Storage (HOSS) sign on letter with date and source
- Comparison of COB to CAP
- What are the High-level Radioactive Waste Transport Risks to the Hudson River, New York City, and NY State if HR 2099 becomes Law? by Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear (pdf)
- Transport Issues, Sept. 2019 by Marvin Resnikoff, firstname.lastname@example.org (pdf)
- USA Today Nuclear Option Series: Parts 1 through 5 USA Today “The Nuclear Option” Tom Zambito, LoHud; Christopher Maag, North Jersey Record; and/or Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press on panel here with Oyster Creek rep.
- Gregory Jaczko Washington Post Op Ed: I oversaw the U.S. nuclear power industry. Now I think it should be banned.
- June 9, 2017 When Nuclear Plants Close: A Regional Forum on Nuclear Waste Storage and Decommissioning
- Nov. 3, 2017 When Indian Point Closes: A Regional Forum on Workforce Transition
When Indian Point Closes: A Regional Forum on Workforce Transition Part II
- June 16, 2018 Congressional Briefing: Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants: What Congress, Federal Agencies and Communities Need to Know
- May 13, 2019 Congressional Briefing: Decommissioning: A New Era in the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry; a Critical Need for Congressional Oversight
- Coal to Sol Holyoke MA Just Transition model: A Massachusetts Town Realizes a Community Vision to Transition from Coal to Sol
- Massachusetts AG Wants Halt to Entergy Nuclear Power Plant Sale Sept. 4, 2019, 3:55 PM
- Testimony in favor of a bill in the Massachusetts Legislature to require licensee funding offsite emergency planning expenses post closure: H.3492 An Act relative to community radiological emergency response funds
- Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
- NYS Assembly Member Sandy Galef
- NYS Senator Peter Harckham
- Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia.
With special thanks to Library Director Jill Davis and Business Manager Jenny Kolesar of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library for their tireless support and hospitality.
Special thanks also to the Jack and Belle Alpern Foundation for making this event possible.
For further information: Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater: email@example.com 845-265-8080 x 7113