In conjunction with a recent report from the Vermont Yankee Public Oversight Panel conducting the comprehensive vertical audit and reliability assessment of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Facility, Brad Ferland, president of the Vermont Energy Partnership issued the following statement last week:
"This is another thorough and exhaustive study that shows Vermont Yankee should be part of the state's energy future. The bottom line is the report states the plant is reliable and that this reliability can be maintained.
"The more than 6,000 hours of work involved in this study follows approximately 20,000 hours of inspections the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has undertaken with respect to the plant's license renewal application, as well as exhaustive, regular, annual safety inspections.
"Furthermore, numerous independent studies have found that Vermont Yankee is critical to ensuring Vermont has low-cost power and that the state continues to maintain one of the country's lowest carbon footprints - on both an absolute and per capita basis.
"As it is critical for Vermont's economy to maintain the low cost, clean, reliable power that Vermont Yankee provides, the Vermont Legislature can send out a positive message that the state is open for business and that consumers will continue to have low-cost power by an affirmative vote that it is in the public interest of the state that the plant continue to operate."
To submit opposing or supporting opinions to Ferland's statement above, e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject heading "Vermont Yankee" in your e-mail message.