Vermont Yankee's SAFSTOR MATTERS named 2015 best series of year by Brattleboro Community Television
At its annual meeting held on October 8, 2015, Brattleboro Community Television awarded Vermont Yankee’s show, SAFSTOR MATTERS, the 2015 Best Series of the Year. The program takes its name from the federal term for an extended period of dormancy that precedes actual decommissioning work.
The monthly cable television show is not only seen on BCTV but also on the Internet through the station’s YOUTUBE channel. It is also seen on all the cable television stations in the facility’s emergency planning zone.
“It’s something that we developed to communicate information about what’s going on with the decommissioning at Vermont Yankee to the public,” said Entergy Vermont Yankee company spokesman Marty Cohn, “And, to the best of our knowledge, is a first in the nation for Entergy.”
Cohn said, “Each month a different topic is explored with experts; from spent fuel management to the economic impact of the plant closing to emergency planning. We have repeatedly promised transparency as we shut down Vermont Yankee and work toward eventual decommissioning. The show is aimed at fulfilling that promise, and is also a venue in which Entergy can communicate directly with viewers without the opposition the company encounters in public forums.”
“From the moment the original theme music composed by Deniz Cordell plays to the rolling credits 27 minutes later, the staff at BCTV has been instrumental to the high production value of the show,” Cohn added, “We are very proud and honored to receive this award.”
Entergy Vermont Yankee wins highest award in the 37th Annual Telly Awardse most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished
The Telly Awards has named Entergy Vermont Yankee as a Silver People’s Choice winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for its monthly cable television show titled “SAFSTOR MATTERS.” With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.
SAFSTOR MATTERS, produced in the studio of Brattleboro Community Television, features experts to address identified issues about the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Over the course of twelve months, covered topics included: overview of the decommissioning process, emergency management, spent fuel management, and economic impact of plant closure to the community.
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of th
industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, its highest honor.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The communication department at Entergy Vermont Yankee’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
“Entergy Vermont Yankee is truly honored to receive this respected award for SAFSTOR MATTERS,” said Martin Cohn, company spokesman, “Our goal is to inform, educate, and empower key audiences with accurate data and information about decommissioning.”
“Winning the Telly Award, as well as the Brattleboro Community Television 2015 Series of the Year, recognizes our efforts to proactively tell the Vermont Yankee decommissioning story in an informative way," Cohn said.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 1
Entergy Government Affairs Manager Joe Lynch joins host Marty Cohn in the studio to talk about the decommissioning process at Vermont Yankee, including the costs, security measures, community impact and much more.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 2
SAFSTOR Matters Host and Entergy Vermont Yankee Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn sits down in BCTV's Studios with Greenfield, MA Fire Chief Robert Strahan and Entergy, Vermont Yankee Emergency Planning Manager Mike McKenney to talk about the emergency planning efforts that are continuing at the plant after shut down.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 3
Entergy Vermont Yankee Dry Fuel Storage Senior Project Manage rKen Swanger joins SAFSTOR Matters Host and VY Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn to talk about the process of going from wet fuel storage to dry, in this in-depth interview that includes models and high res photos to help shed some light on the process of removing spent fuel from the pool at VY while the plant preps for the US Dept of Energy to remove it.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 4
Entergy Vermont Yankee Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn hosts Institute for Nuclear Host Communities Program Director Jennifer Stromsten for this fourth episode of SAFSTOR Matters to discuss her work studying the economic impact of plant closures across the region and the work done to prepare the local economy after Vermont Yankee's closing.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 5
Entergy Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Director Paul Paradis joins host Marty Cohn in the studio to talk about the decommissioning process at Vermont Yankee.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 6
Entergy Vermont Yankee Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn hosts Maine Yankee Public & Government Relations Manager Eric Howes for this sixth episode of SAFSTOR Matters to discuss the decommissioning process at Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, ME which completed its decommissioning in 2005, the plant's continuing work with the US Dept of Energy to find a permanent solution for spent fuel storage, the impact on Wiscasset now ten years later, and much more.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 7
Entergy Vermont Yankee Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn hosts Vernon Planning Commission member and one-time Vernon legislator and select board chair Patty O'Donnell for this seventh episode of SAFSTOR Matters to discuss the impact of Vermont Yankee's closing on the Town of Vernon and the work that's being done to move the region forward.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 8
Entergy Vermont Yankee Site Vice President Chris Wamser joins Senior Communications Specialist and SAFSTOR Matters host Marty Cohn to discuss the progress being made in the decommissioning process at Vermont Yankee, the team currently working to move the plant into its next stages, and the public outreach process throughout.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 9
Entergy Vermont Yankee External Affairs Manager Joe Lynch returns to SAFSTOR Matters to talk with host and VY Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn to summarize the year at Vermont Yankee, the continuing decommissioning process, the public outreach process, and the details of the decommissioning trust.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 10
Holtec International Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pierre Oneid joins host Marty Cohn to talk about the work Holtec is doing for Vermont Yankee as well as plants all across the world as they look to move their spent fuel safely into dry cask storage.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 11
Nuclear Energy Institute Used Fuel and Decommissioning Senior Director Rod McCullum joins host Marty Cohn to talk about the work NEI is doing to try and move the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ahead with policy changes that save millions of dollars in exemption filings, as well as the national outlook on progress toward a spent fuel repository.
SAFSTOR MATTERS: EPISODE 12
Departing VY employees Larry Doucette and Becky Josey reflect on their near-sixty years of collective time working at Vermont Yankee.