Shut Down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant and Stop a Looming Disaster

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Target: Alison McFarlane (Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission), Leo Denault (Chairman of the Board and CEO of Entergy), Peter Shumlin (Vermont Governor),  Lisa Jackson (Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency)

Goal: Shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to prevent an environmental disaster from occurring

Vermont Yankee is a boiling water reactor nuclear power plant located on the Connecticut River at the southeastern tip of Vermont.  Founded in 1972, it has been operating non-stop since, providing power to much of Vermont and parts of Massachusetts.  In March of 2011, despite numerous reports of faulty equipment and leakage of hazardous materials, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted the plant a new 20-year license to operate.  The devastating lessons of the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima (the same type of nuclear reactor as Vermont Yankee), along with the experience of Hurricane Sandy should be warning enough to discontinue operations at Vermont Yankee.

Simply put, after 40 years of service, the Vermont Yankee power plant is outdated and perilous—an environmental disaster waiting to happen.  A water-cooling tower collapsed in 2007, radioactive materials were discovered in underground pipes in 2009, and rising levels of tritium were detected in ground water samples taken from the area surrounding the plant in 2010 and again in 2011.  Despite these findings, the NRC’s endorsement of Vermont Yankee’s integrity has greatly complicated the issue of shutting it down by blocking the Vermont State Legislature’s involvement in its board of operations.

The Vermont State House voted 26-4 against the nuclear plant but Entergy, the company that owns Vermont Yankee, won a case in 2012 striking down the state legislature’s legal right to participation in plant operations.  While appeals cases are currently underway, the dangerous operations persist.

Vermont Yankee is capable of providing a huge amount of power and offers numerous jobs to the local population, but the risk is nowhere near the reward.  This plant’s continued operation will contaminate drinking water in the surrounding areas, devastate the environment, and possibly even experience a meltdown which would endanger millions of lives.

Please voice your opinion and help put pressure on not only the state and federal governments, but also the Entergy Corporation and the NRC.  We must remove this toxic ticking time bomb out of our midst.

PETITION LETTER:

To Whom It May Concern,

On January 12, 2012, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation continued its operations under a new 20-year contract with the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The Vermont Legislature has attempted to shut down the plant by voting 26-4 against its continued operation, refusing to grant a certificate of public good (CPG), and continuing its lawsuits to shut the plant down.

I am writing this petition to speak out against the decision to renew Vermont Yankee’s federal contract and the continued support of the Vermont legislature in overturning it.

Founded in 1972, the building is old and faulty—a fact sustained by numerous mishaps during the last ten years.  A water cooling tower collapsed in 2007, radioactive materials were discovered in underground pipes in 2009, and rising levels of tritium were detected in ground water samples taken from the area surrounding the plant in 2010 and again in 2011.

Not only is this plant a threat to the livelihood of those working and living around the plant (some 35,000 people within ten miles), but after witnessing the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, and such storms like Hurricane Sandy, the decision allowing Vermont Yankee to continue to operate threatens millions of lives—not to mention millions of miles of the environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Please do not invite an irreparable disaster. We should see by now from past experience that nuclear safety is an extremely serious issue.

  2. Fran Fulwiler says:

    The Vermont legislature has correctly assessed the dangerous condition of Vermont Yankee. Its continued operation gravely threatens the public and the environment.

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