|Field in Fairfield, Vermont|
A confession: I am not immune to believing a statement if it is repeated often enough.
For example, it took me a long time to notice that this quote is completely backwards:
Among the conditions sought by the state is a $60 million fund to ensure that the Yankee site in Vernon be returned to “green field” status, so it can be used for further economic development.
Many plant opponents have made similar statements: "Extra money is needed for greenfielding so the site can be used for economic development."
That is backwards! The NRC standards for decommissioning get the site ready for another industry--that is the point of the standards. If Vermont imposes extra "greenfield" decommissioning requirements, these requirements will:
- increase the cost to Entergy.
- increase the time required for decommissioning the site.
- not increase how attractive the site will be to a new industry.
Remember that next time you hear talk about the necessity of extra money for "greenfielding" to ensure "economic development."
(Quote is from an article by Susan Smallheer in the Rutland Herald: Vermont seeks $60 million fund for Entergy plant to keep running. This article is about Vermont granting a Certificate of Public Good for Vermont Yankee, the Certificate to be valid only through the end of 2014.)
This is the second of a series of posts about Vermont Yankee decommissioning.
The first post was about negotiations The Formal Negotiations: On Decommissioning Vermont Yankee.