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Got a friend of mine that lives in Kingston off of Landing rd. His taxes are going up up up.didn't want to start something new.
What can people tell me about Kingston?
They approved it. Some form of gentrification I imagine. I guess he's trying to break up the town union as well. From what I found on the all-knowing interwebs he rep'd for Plymouth for years, 12th district. Tom Calter?40B in Plymouth wont help Kingston. Any property purchase anywhere would have to be approved at town meeting.
This right here. Ashland started doing this shit and hit us with a $200 "fee" on our water/sewer bill just before we moved because Trick #2 has failed a couple of times in a row now and they were getting desperate. Something about rainwater runoff.Trick #1 is to start moving services from tax funded to fee based (garbage, school busses, etc)
Trick #2 is to have repeated override votes until the populace votes correctly then stop.
Assessed value and market price will NEVER match up.My house valued with the town at $210k true market value more like $260k
My taxes are $3700 a year.
Lots of times the assessed value with the town and sale (market) price don't match.
They could at least reopen that area as a park / conservation area. It has been closed for that purpose since 2001. I used to like walking around there and on the jetties.There is no "clean up" of a former nuclear power plant, not in reality. Since the Fed gov't prohibits moving the spent fuel rods off the property, they will forever be on the site. IMNSHO that makes the "value" of said property pretty low. I was a former nuclear engineer back in the 1970s. One of our members was involved in the decommissioning of a power plant and perhaps he'll chime in here.
Len is mostly right (as usual), with a few qualifiers:There is no "clean up" of a former nuclear power plant, not in reality. Since the Fed gov't prohibits moving the spent fuel rods off the property, they will forever be on the site. IMNSHO that makes the "value" of said property pretty low. I was a former nuclear engineer back in the 1970s. One of our members was involved in the decommissioning of a power plant and perhaps he'll chime in here.
Thanks for the correction and filling in the blanks.Len is mostly right (as usual), with a few qualifiers:
Federal rules do not forbid off-site transfer of spent fuel assemblies (at least after the spent fuel assemblies have spent a time (roughly five years) working down "decay heat in a spent fuel pool). There are NRC -approved casks for shipping post decay fuel, and such shipments have been made, though in limited numbers.
The real problem with spent fuel is finding a place to ship it to. In 1986, Congress ordered the U.S. government to create a spent fuel repository (or two) and mandated that US accept spent fuel from US LWRs (power plants). Efforts to carry out this mandate were torpedoed by NIMBYism. And so the fuel remains on site for the foreseeable future.
As for "cleaning up" a plant no longer operating, NRC rules give plant owners three options, which somewhat simplified are: relatively quick decommissioning, simply securing the facility and letting it sit for decades, and something in between. The two plants I was involved with elected the "quick" DECON option. Spent fuel was moved from the spent fuel pool to a newly created dry cask storage pad on a discrete area of the site not previously occupied by any of the operating facility. As for the operating elements (reactor, generator, cooling systems, and effluent management systems) were completely decontaminated and dismantled, with material shipped off site to either a low fever radiological waste facility or ordinary landfills. The land on which this stuff had sat was decontaminated as needed and released for uncontrolled entry. This whole process took 6 to 8 years.
At both Yankee Rowe and Connecticut Yankee, all that remains at the sites are literally green fields of grass, plus the separate secured pads on which the spent fuel casks stand. At Rowe, members of the public are permitted to visit and walk the grounds. At Connecticut, the green fields are fenced, but the reasons have nothing to do with radiological issues.
As for the resale value of the decommissioned site (apart from the small portion occupied by the spent fuel storage), as far as I know, no one has offered to buy them, and the reasons are assumed (by me, at least) to be entirely based in the political opprobrium attached to all things nuclear.
The Rowe site is kind of small and remote. The Connecticut site would make a great and scenically beautiful 1,000 rifle range. Anyone interested?
It's the "transporting thru 'my' town" issue that hasn't been won and won't be.BTW Holtec is licensing an interim storage site in New Mexico. The plan is to consolidate Fuel until .gov gets off their butt and find a permanent storage site. Dept of energy owns all spent fuel and will foot the bill for storage, security and shipping. I should say we all will foot the bill!
Holtec clears hurdle for proposed nuclear-waste storage facility
I went through the same shit in 2001, very few houses with useable garages WHEN your looking for one. 18 years later I still dont have a garage.I’ve. Been tearing the town apart looking for a cape with a Garage. Non existent. Yesterday was the first time I went to a couple open houses , four actually. People were swarming over these places and I saw the same people flying from house to house ! Holy smokes this isn’t going to be easy
While the U.S. bears the cost, this is offset by the fees paid by the operating plants in exchange for the (never provided) service. Whether the two net to zero, or whether the government's costs will exceed the fees because the government defaulted on it's statutory obligation, I do not know. But it isn't entirely accurate to say that taxpayers will be carrying 100% of the cost.BTW Holtec is licensing an interim storage site in New Mexico. The plan is to consolidate Fuel until .gov gets off their butt and find a permanent storage site. Dept of energy owns all spent fuel and will foot the bill for storage, security and shipping. I should say we all will foot the bill!
Holtec clears hurdle for proposed nuclear-waste storage facility