VERNON — Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee 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 as part of its decommissioning efforts.
According to Yankee 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 included in the decommissioning cost estimate ENVY presented in 2014.
Yankee 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 extensive experience providing security services to the nuclear industry, including services at decommissioning sites. In particular, Securitas has provided security oversight during the transfer of spent fuel from the spent fuel pool to dry storage at the Connecticut Yankee, Yankee Rowe, Maine Yankee, Big Rock Point, La Crosse and Zion sites. Several Yankee security management employees will maintain oversight of the SCIS security workforce.
"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 continue to be a top VY priority and decommissioning of the facility 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," said Ron Hickie, SCIS president. "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. 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."
For more information about decommissioning, visit vydecommissioning.com.