What Is Going On With VY's New Diesel...

What Is Going On With VY's New Diesel Generator

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Jan 3, 2013
PSB reaffirms Vermont Yankee operating in violation of state orders

By BOB AUDETTE / Reformer Staffreformer.com
Posted: 01/03/2013 03:00:00 AM EST
January 3, 2013 12:29 PM GMTUpdated: 01/03/2013 07:29:34 AM EST

Lets see if I can break this down...

The state is humiliating the the NRC with their interpretation of their bullet proof rules...

According to the way the industry generally interprets the rules...VY doesn't require a replacement for the Vernon tie.

Even though the NRC says they are required to get the New DG at the turn of 2013.

The interpretation of the NRC rules by the NRC is so benzene.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Jan 3, 2013
(AP Photo/Vermont Yankee Corporation) Thursday January 3, 2013
BRATTLEBORO -- In an order filed on Dec. 27, the Vermont Public Service Board reaffirmed its conclusion that Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is operating in violation of requirements in existing orders and certificates of public good.
"Condition 8, of the Docket 6545 Order, which prohibits operation of the VY Station after March 21, 2012, absent Board approval, remains in effect," wrote the board. "The same is true of the Board's Order and CPG in Docket 7082 (in which the Board approved construction of a dry fuel storage facility), both of which contain a similar prohibition against operation."
Docket 6545 authorized the sale of Yankee in 2002 from the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation to Entergy.
On Sept. 7, 2012, Entergy applied to the PSB for a CPG to install a 3,000-kilowatt diesel-driven electric generator to serve as a source of electricity in the event of a station blackout. The power would be used to operate the plant's safety systems to keep the reactor from overheating.
The diesel generator is meant to address safety concerns that arose following the disaster at the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear power plant complex.
However, the PSB questioned whether Entergy had actually made "the required showing that installation of the generator is needed as required" by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
"NRC rules appear to require that the VY Station have blackout power available, but do not appear to

mandate that Entergy VY install the generator," wrote the board.
Entergy's request for a CPG to install the new generator was a result of changes initiated by ISO New England, the independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for overseeing the wholesale side of the electricity industry in New England.
Last summer it announced it was shifting its system restoration from a "bottom up" to a "top down" hierarchy.
The process, formerly known as System Restoration and Planning Service and now called Blackstart Service, designates specific generators that will be called upon to re-energize the transmission system after a system-wide blackout.
Approved Blackstart generating units are able to start without an outside electrical supply. The current plan calls for smaller generators, such as the Vernon Hydro Dam, to go online first. The new plan calls for the biggest generators to startup first. Yankee's current Station Blackout AC power source is the Vernon Hydro Dam.
Station Blackout refers to the loss of all off-site power sources, which is what occurred at Fukushima.
"Vermont Yankee will need a new AC power source in order to continue to meet the NRC requirements for coping with a Station Blackout condition," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan in August 2012.
Though Vermont Yankee received a new 20-year operating license from the NRC in March 2011, it has yet to receive a CPG for continued operation past March 21, 2012. The Public Service Board put the review of Entergy's application for a new CPG on hold after Entergy sued the state when the Vermont Senate refused to allow the board to issue the CPG. Entergy contended, and a federal district court agreed, that the Vermont
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Jan 3, 2013
So the NRC says VY can no longer depend on the Vernon Tie on Jan 1, 2013...it is inop because nobody is financing the black start capability of the Vernon Dam.

The state is mocking the agency by saying we are going to be dragging our feet on permitting the DG for the foreseeable future...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Jan 4, 2013
However, the PSB questioned whether Entergy had actually made "the required showing that installation of the generator is needed as required" by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"NRC rules appear to require that the VY Station have blackout power available, but do not appear to mandate that Entergy VY install the generator," wrote the board.

Foot dragging, ay

Do you believe the state, in that they think VY doesn't need a DG.

This game is called rulesies...

The NRC is very good at it and they do it all the time.

Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Jan 4, 2013
Jan 1, 2013...

Technically now it is Inop...

"Vermont Yankee will need a new AC power source in order to continue to meet the NRC requirements for coping with a Station Blackout condition," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan in August 2012.

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