Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC announced today that it has awarded a security contract to Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, effective June 28, to provide security and related services at its Vermont Yankee facility in Vernon, Vermont as part of its decommissioning efforts.
According to VY Security Manager Patrick Ryan, outsourcing plant security is part of the decommissioning plan at Vermont Yankee.
“Given the size of the security force at VY, outsourcing will greatly reduce administrative burden over the next four years,” said Ryan, “However it is important to reinforce that one of our top priorities continues to be the safety and security of our facility.”
The concept of contract security was part of the decommissioning cost estimate presented in 2014. VY is required to meet the security requirements set forth by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. These security measures have been designed to protect the facility, its employees and the public.
The NRC requires all nuclear power plants to employ a physical protection program that includes intrusion detection and alarm systems, an armed response security force to defend the facilities and other measures not shared with the public.
Securitas has accumulated extensive experience in the nuclear industry. In particular, Securitas has provided security oversight during the transfer of spent fuel from the spent fuel pool to dry storage at Connecticut Yankee, Yankee Rowe, Maine Yankee, Big Rock Point, La Crosse, and Zion Nuclear Power Station. Several VY security management employees will maintain oversight of the SCIS security workforce for ENVY.
“Securitas is widely considered the industry leader in providing total security solutions at decommissioning nuclear power reactor sites,” said Ryan. “Given that all current VY security employees are expected to be retained by SCIS, we are confident that safety will remain a top VY priority and that decommissioning will be done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
“SCIS Nuclear has been a trusted security partner in the nuclear industry; committed to enhancing the safety, security and success of our clients. In fact, SCIS has led decommissioning and fuel transfer activities at more than half of the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation locations in the U.S.,” said Ron Hickie, SCIS president. “We look forward to working with Entergy in managing dynamic staffing requirements, providing industry tested training, overseeing complex fuel moves and maintaining a professional, engaged security organization.”
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.
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