Vermont Delegation Calls for More Public Scrutiny, Meetings in Vermont on Decommissioning Regulations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 – The Vermont congressional delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – announced Tuesday that they have called upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to improve public input on proposed changes to nuclear plant decommissioning regulations.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who serves on the Senate energy and environment committees, led the effort which urged the NRC to hold public meetings in each state where a nuclear power plant is currently being decommissioned and to extend the deadline for public comments.
“While we commend the NRC for proposing these long overdue regulations, we believe the short public comment period and the plan to have a single public meeting will not give local and state stakeholders sufficient opportunities to participate meaningfully in the rulemaking process,” the Vermont congressional delegation wrote in a letter sent to NRC Chairman Stephen Burns on Monday.
The letter was also signed by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.).
To read the letter to the NRC, click here.
David Carle (Leahy): 202-224-3693
Michael Briggs (Sanders): 202-224-5141
Kirsten Hartman (Welch): 202-225-4115