FOR CITIZENS working to close Vermont Yankee, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power failures are an overwhelming call to find another way to power our world. We must change the system that allows corporations to sell power that carries a huge potential cost should there be an unforeseen, yet inevitable, crisis.
It is clear to me that nearby Vermont Yankee is just too dangerous. Nuclear plants, whether built on fault lines or in flood plains, are vulnerable. The failing plants in Japan are
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week granted Vermont Yankee an operating license for 20 more years. The NRC apparently is at least as concerned with the continued existence of the nuclear industry as it is with the safety of the reactors and the surrounding environment.
Vermonters have brought repeated and credible arguments before the NRC as to why Vermont Yankee is too risky, old, and poorly maintained to continue operations. These have delayed the process, but the NRC has never denied a renewal.
Vermonters have the right to tell
The writer is active with Safe and Green, a citizens’ organization of residents living within 20 miles of Vermont Yankee.