|Public Service Board
David Coen, James Volz, John Burke
The Public Service Board issued a Certificate of Public Good for Vermont Yankee, to run through the end of 2014. They did it with their usual insulting snark toward Entergy. As VPR quoted the Board order:
“In its 12 years of operating in Vermont, Entergy VY has failed to comply with numerous board orders and statutory requirements,” the board said. “It has failed to follow procedural requirements that protect the integrity of board proceedings. The company has engaged in unacceptable conduct that erodes public trust and its capacity to act in good faith and to engage in fair dealing.”
The board said that if Entergy had wanted a 20 year license extension, “its track record may well have led us to find that ownership and operation would not promote the general good.”
Why did I quote VPR's quote of the order? Why didn't I quote the order directly myself? Well, frankly, because I haven't read it. This order is 97 pages long. Here's a link:
As VPR quoted Shumlin: Gov. Peter Shumlin was also pleased with the decision. “The decision provides certainty and predictability for the hard workers at the plant, over $10 million of economic development funding for the region, and lets us focus on the important work of transitioning to a future after Vermont Yankee..
Well, that is enough for now. My snark factor is rising, along with my blood pressure. Gosh, Governor Shumlin cares about the "hard workers at the plant." Yeah, sure!
The Board makes its own bed
I am very glad that the Board ruled in a timely fashion, and they did not attempt to shut down the plant a few months early.
|Canada, with Quebec highlighted
From my point of view, the members of the board can now go ahead and enjoy their pouting about Entergy's "unacceptable conduct." I think the main "unacceptable conduct" was Entergy winning its lawsuits.
Hopefully, this is it. No nuclear plant will ever again have to deal with the Vermont Public Service Board. Instead, the Board can enjoy trying to control the Canadian companies who supply Vermont's gas and electricity.
Over and out, and more later.
Update: Rod Adams blog post about visiting Vermont Yankee is now also posted at The Energy Collective. It has generated a lively comment stream, including comments from
- opponents from the Brattleboro area,
- Bas Gresnigt,
- N Nadir, expert and blogger extraordinaire,
- and several good people who are knowledgable about nuclear energy.
Join the conversation!