Milton Eaton

More than satisfactory

NorthStar’s capacity and transparency has been subject to unfair criticism. The decommissioning regulatory process is meant to vet applications and approve the good ones, not to chase them away.

When NorthStar's plan to decommission Vermont Yankee receives inaccurate attacks, I feel the need to address the inaccuracies because I care about the local economy.

NorthStar's plan has come under fire twice within the past few weeks: for supposedly not displaying enough financial strength to finish the job [“Environmental Group seeks added financial protections,” Vermont Public Radio, Aug. 31], and for withholding from the general public certain documents that could result in losing hard-won competitive advantages over industry competitors [“Vermont Yankee companies expand request,” VtDigger, Aug. 31].

I have confidence a thorough study and understanding of these issues by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission should promptly lead to a Certificate of Public Good decision in favor of NorthStar. Such a decision will open the Vermont Yankee site to job-producing redevelopment many years sooner than the Entergy safstor plan, at half the cost.

In the meantime, the court of public opinion might benefit from true facts.

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