first_imgThe NRC today canceled a closed-door session to discuss Vermont Yankee and instead is inviting elected officials to attend an already-scheduled meeting in Brattleboro April 12. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) had called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to hold a closed-door meeting with local, state and federal officials in Keene, NH, on April 14. Those interested in attending the meeting April 12 should be aware that the NRC might move the location to a larger venue.The Vermont delegation s letter follows. The NRC statement follows the letter:March 30, 2010The Honorable Gregory B. JaczkoChairmanU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionWashington, D.C. 20555-0001Dear Chairman Jaczko:We write to follow up on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission s invitation to participate in a closed-door Government-to-Government meeting on April 14 in Keene, New Hampshire.We are committed to open and transparent government and to honoring both the letter and spirit of Vermont’s open meeting laws.  Avoiding Vermont s open meeting laws by holding this meeting in New Hampshire will only add to the growing public skepticism about the handling of oversight at Vermont Yankee, and could curtail participation from Vermont officials.While we recognize that the discussion of information relating to security considerations often requires confidential briefings, the discussion of broader issues surrounding this facility is of great interest to Vermonters and is a discussion that should be conducted in a public setting.We urge you to reconsider, and to hold the April 14 meeting in Vermont so that Vermont’s federal, state and local officials can fully participate. We look forward to hearing from you regarding this request.Sincerely,Patrick Leahy              Bernard Sanders                     Peter WelchU.S. Senator                U.S. Senator                            U.S. RepresentativeNRC statement on meeting for state, county and local officials regarding Vermont YankeeThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that rather than hold a separate meeting with local officials on April 14 in Keene, NH, on issues at the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, it will invite those same local government representatives to join the NRC at a public open house on groundwater contamination on April 12th in Brattleboro, Vt. The agency is in the process of contacting the officials to inform them of the scheduling change.The open house will take place from 1 to 8 pm at the Brattleboro Ramada Inn and will offer both elected officials and members of the public the opportunity to hear directly from NRC staff members on issues of interest at Vermont Yankee.The NRC has a long history of outreach to both the general public and state, county and local officials with respect to its regulatory activities and oversight of nuclear power plant issues. This single, open meeting will further the goal of providing open and transparent government.Source: Vermont Congressional Delegation. WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010. NRC, March 31, 2010last_img