Target: Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont
Goal: Commend closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
After a long legal battle, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will be decommissioned by the end of 2014. Vermont legislators were concerned about misstatements made by plant management about components at the reactor, as well as its safety and its four-decade-old age. Please applaud the government of Vermont for upholding their commitment to clean energy and their success in obtaining the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.
The state of Vermont had been embroiled in a legal battle with the company that owns the plant, Entergy Corp., since 2010. The company had been lobbying for the passage of a bill that would have extended the plant’s permit to operate for an additional 20 years. Lawmakers struck down those efforts, and state leaders welcome the company’s announcement to close the plant completely. Governor Peter Shumlin, one of the plant’s critics said, “This is the right decision for Vermont and it’s the right decision for Vermont’s clean energy future”.
Hopefully with the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, the state will be pushed to meet their energy needs through solar and wind power in their efforts to meet mandated standards of renewable energy use. Thank the state of Vermont for its efforts that have lead to the closure of one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the country.
Dear Governor Peter Shumlin,
I commend you and Vermont legislators for standing firm in your opposition in the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. With the closure of this plant, Vermont can more actively pursue alternative energy sources like wind and solar. Vermont is known to be home to one of the United States’ strongest anti-nuclear movements and can now proudly say that its energy consumption will be nuclear free, which will hopefully be done sooner rather than later.
I support your state’s determination to make sure that Entergy Corp. be fully accountable and responsible for all of the costs that come with decommissioning a nuclear power plant. Vermont’s U. S. senators, Democrat Patrick Leahy and Independent Bernie Sanders have both expressed that they would push the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to demand that Entergy speed up the decommissioning process, and not let the company take advantage of federal regulations that can allow the plant to sit in “safe-store” for up to 60 years.
The closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station marks a shift in the state’s sustainable future. Thank you for your commitment to the people’s anti-nuclear stance and your part in the decommissioning of this outdated and potentially unstable nuclear power plant.
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Photo Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Wikimedia Commons