The other two-thirds are now in the process of being transferred from wet to dry storage at a new ISFSI
that was constructed last year.
Thereafter, NorthStar will continue to operate and maintain the ISFSI until the US Department of Energy fulfills its statutory and contractual obligations to remove all of the spent nuclear fuel from Vermont Yankee.
NorthStar will then decommission the ISFSI, terminate the NRC license and complete site restoration.
The case arose because community activists discovered that in 2012, Entergy had begun construction of the ISFSI without any zoning approval.
To address the storage problem, Entergy built the ISFSI and began moving waste from inside the reactor building to the outside ISFSI in 2014.
There were two issues in the case: whether the plaintiffs who live within 2 miles of Pilgrim had established legal standing; and whether the multimillion-dollar ISFSI is an "accessory" to Pilgrim or whether it's a new project requiring a new special permit.
The commission noted that today's order is "a final determination of all issues regarding recovery of amounts associated with all Palisades and Big Rock ISFSIs
, payments to Entergy, SNF fees, the DOE liability, and litigation and miscellaneous costs associated with claims made in the DOE litigation."
Xcel Energy's initial independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) license expires on Oct.
24, PIIC filed a request with the NRC to intervene in Xcel Energy's application to extend its ISFSI license another 40 years.