The state of Vermont has won a round in its challenge to how Entergy Vermont Yankee plans to spend its decommissioning funds.
The state is concerned that the decommissioning timetable will be pushed back if Entergy is allowed to spend the money on other activities, such as managing its spent fuel at the Vernon site.
Now a licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will hold a hearing on part of the state's argument. The board says it will schedule a hearing on Entergy's request to waive a 30 day notice requirement before it diverts the decommissioning funds.
The NRC staff has already granted permission for Entergy to use $225 million of its roughly $660 million decommissioning fund to handle the spent fuel. The state would like to see that decision overturned.