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Join us for Groundwater Withdrawal Process Meeting in Montpelier

You are invited. . .

May 8th
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Montpelier Kellogg Hubbard Library – Hayes Room

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is holding an informational meeting on the permitting process for large groundwater withdrawals. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the meeting in Springfield earlier this spring. If you were unable to attend, join us, this time in Montpelier.

Groundwater is a public trust resource that belongs to all Vermonters. New permitting requirements recently went into place that dictate how large groundwater withdrawals (more than 57,600 gallons per day) are permitted. Vermont has not yet seen an application for such a withdrawal so we are using this time to understand the process and to help concerned citizens become more informed.

The rather technical permit process has many important public comment periods. Understanding the process before a permit is applied for is the first step in participating and ensuring the protection of existing groundwater uses and water resources such as streams and wetlands.

For more information, please contact Kim Greenwood at 802-223-2328 x119 or visit the event page.

We hope you can come, and thanks for all you do!

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Add to the Momentum to Halt Vermont Yankee!

 Posted April 5, 2012
Dear VNRC Members, Activist and Friends,
You have an opportunity to affect whether Vermont Yankee breezes through the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) review of the plant’s water quality impacts or whether the board hears new evidence about Yankee’s pollution.Right now, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) have an opportunity to show that continued operation of the plant involves significant,new natural resources concerns.  But we can’t do it without your help.
We’ve already won round one. Late last week the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued an order requiring Vermont Yankee to file an amended application in a new docket for a license to operate. That same day the PSB also denied Vermont Yankee’s request to immediately issue them a new license to operate. This is good news.Working together, CRWC and VNRC have an excellent opportunity to raise some key issues, such as impacts related to contaminated groundwater at the plant and thermal discharges into the Connecticut River. It is critical that we redouble our efforts in this case now, while we have the opportunity to create a new, fresh record, unlike the original record, which the PSB described as “stale.”Please help us hold Vermont Yankee accountable for their impact on our water resources today with a generous donation for this work. We need $10,000 to bring our experts to testify before the Public Service Board and fully participate in these proceedings. Thankfully, a generous donor has given us a $5,000 challenge grant. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, giving us twice the bang for the buck. These proceedings are moving quickly. If we are going to be able to mount an effective campaign we need your support now.
Here is some background:
VNRC and CRWC have been participating in the Vermont Yankee relicensing proceedings before the PSB. Earlier in March, the organizations, represented by VNRC, filed two briefs arguing that the Board should reopen the record or open a new docket to consider new evidence on the impacts of Vermont Yankee’s thermal discharge to the Connecticut River, Vermont Yankee’s contamination of groundwater, a public trust resource, and the potential for increased decommissioning costs to monitor and/or clean up that contamination.Now that the PSB is starting over with a new docket, VNRC and CRWC will submit evidence to make sure that the Board understands:

  • the studies used to justify Vermont Yankee’s thermal pollution to the Connecticut River are “substantially flawed” according to nationally-recognized experts;
  • that contamination of groundwater from leaking pipes at the plant violates Vermont law, and that Entergy’s response to the leaks raises serious concerns about whether Entergy is a fair and reliable partner to the state of Vermont; and
  • that Entergy’s lack of compliance with the terms of its existing state license, Board orders and memoranda of understanding are compelling reasons to deny Entergy a new state license for another twenty years of operation and storage of additional spent nuclear fuel.
Our Request
Entergy will be working hard to block our efforts, but with your help we can fight for the protection of Vermont’s environment in front of the Public Service Board.Please donate to help us build a strong case against Vermont Yankee. Remember, every dollar you give will be matched thanks to a generous $5,000 challenge grant. With your support, we can help persuade the Public Service Board to deny Entergy a new license.Thank you for your consideration,

The VNRC Team

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Join us for Groundwater Withdrawal Process Meeting in Montpelier

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is holding an informational meeting on the permitting process for large groundwater withdrawals. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the meeting in Springfield earlier this spring. If you were unable to…

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Add to the Momentum to Halt Vermont Yankee!

You have an opportunity to affect whether Vermont Yankee breezes through the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) review of the plant’s water quality impacts or whether the board hears new evidence about Yankee’s pollution.

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