- Jan 16, 2020 2:36 pm GMT
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Interesting discussion and battle on who should be footing bill for citizen advisory panel. In most other similar circumstances, the power plant owners have covered the panel costs. NorthStar questions why the Vermont Public Utility Commission failed to address or bring up the issue while evaluating its bid to buy and decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
In an advisory vote, the panel voted 11-4 in favor of the shift. The panel will start a conversation with NorthStar — the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon — to assume the costs of the panel. June Tierney, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, said her state agency had been paying for the costs of the panel, which includes hiring experts to evaluate the decommissioning job NorthStar is doing, as well as organizing and planning the panel's meetings. "Your business is driving costs," Tierney said to NorthStar. "It's not fair to the ratepayers. ... It's time the company
assumes that cost."