Raymond Shadis

It’s only good business. So don’t wait, Entergy.

Veteran employees in decommissioning know where the metaphorical bodies are buried. Expert analysts note that waiting to fully decontaminate Vermont Yankee will only increase the costs.

It's a kind of inside joke, and a not-very-funny one at that.

Archer Mayor's latest police procedural novel, Presumption of Guilt, is set at Vermont Yankee. A decommissioning crew finds a body buried in a cement slab beneath a warehouse set for demolition.

Tres cool, though Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee would likely argue - as company officials did with buried pipes carrying radioactive material, notably tritium - that a body is not actually “buried” if it is encased in concrete (or a coffin) and not in direct contact with the soil.

In the real world of decommissioning, the “buried bodies” are areas of radiologically contaminated soil, concrete, or other objects, up to and including nuclear-fuel particles that were spilled, dumped, or otherwise released to the open environment sometime in the reactor's operating history.

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Drop the lawsuit, cut the losses

New England Coalition responds to Entergy’s contentions

Here is one response to Entergy Corporation's April 18 press conference announcing its federal preemption lawsuit against the state of Vermont. • Entergy took several hundred words to say to Vermont what Maine's governor could have taught them how to say in three. • Entergy went to lengths to...

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