The Wiscasset Board of Selectmen is looking into sending a bus full of community members to the U.S. Department of Energy’s public comment session on spent nuclear fuel Thursday, June 2 in Boston. If enough community members come forward with a request to attend the public comment session, the town may cover the cost of transportation.
The U.S. Department of Energy is holding the session in an effort to reach a consent-based agreement on a future location for spent nuclear fuel. There are currently hundreds of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. site in Wiscasset.
Wiscasset selectmen were unanimous in their criticism of the U.S. Department of Energy’s decision to hold the public comment session in Boston. “They should be doing this in every town with a retired nuclear plant,” Selectman Judy Flanagan said.
The time and location of the meeting is inconvenient, but if enough interest is shown by the community, it may be worth it for the town to cover the costs of sending a busload of residents to the meeting, Flanagan said.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s public comment session on a future location for spent nuclear fuel is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. The meeting will be live-streamed, although those viewing remotely will not be able to give input.
Community members interested in attending the public comment session are encouraged to contact the town office at 882-8200.