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Regulators get an Earful on Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Overwhelming support for SHUTTING DOWN VERMONT YANKEE NOW at the Vermont Public Service Board hearing last night in Brattlboro, Vermont.  A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks who came to the hearing and told the Board ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.   The message from advocates was clear: Vermont Yankee must be shut down.  The continual failings and breakdowns…

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Another Radioactive Fish near Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Another radioactive fish was found near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in southern Vermont. This is the second time a fish contaminated with Strontium-90 was found in the Connecticut River. Vermont Yankee officials defy common sense.  They continue to claim there is no connection between the contaminated fish and the nuclear reactor on the banks…

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Another Day, Another Leak at Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

I am headed to Brattleboro tomorrow with some other CLF folks to talk about Vermont Yankee at an evening event CLF is hosting.  If you are in the area, come join us. Join me and other CLF staff at the River Garden in Brattleboro, VT on Thursday, June 10 from 6-8 PM for a community…

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Of Aging Nuclear Plants and “Fail-Safe” Protections
by Tom Irwin

In his op-ed published yesterday in the Keene Sentinel, Bob King of Keene (and of CLF’s New Hampshire State Board) reminds readers of comments by British Petroleum’s CEO describing the Deepwater Horizon’s blow-out preventer as having been engineered to be “fail-safe.”   With the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history continuing to unravel before our eyes, it’s more clear…

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Contamination at Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

New leaks?  New contamination?  Who knows? The latest report from the Vermont Health Department is troubling.  Results from the monitoring test wells at Vermont Yankee show that the level of contamination is increasing in nearly half of the wells.  And at least one of these wells is OUTSIDE the area identified as the contaminated plume. This…

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Radioactive Fish & Zebras
by Sandy Levine

Over the weekend a fish found in the Connecticut river near Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant was confirmed to be contaminated with strontium-90.  Only a few days before, it was revealed that strontium-90 is contaminating the soil at the Vermont Yankee site.  Strontium-90 is a dangerous radioactive substance. Don’t you think these events are connected?  I…

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Vermont Yankee Shuts Down
by Sandy Levine

I loved the newspaper headline that greeted me this morning.   Did we win in our request to shut the plant down until the leaks are repaired and the site is cleaned up?  Not yet.  It seems Vermont Yankee simply hasn’t figured out how to put the plug back in after refueling.  Yankee’s unexpected emergency shut down…

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Attend the Vermont Yankee Public Hearing.
by Conservation Law Foundation

Now is our chance. On Thursday, May 27, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) will hold a public hearing on whether to shut down Vermont Yankee right now, instead of waiting until 2012. You will have the opportunity to tell the PSB what you think—whether the PSB should shut down the plant now, or take…

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Free Money! (Ok sort of: rebates for energy efficient appliances)
by Seth Kaplan

As implementation of the energy efficiency funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to roll forward a window is about to open that will allow buyers of energy efficient appliances to receive substantial rebates. There is real concern that these programs could prove so popular that the window for getting the rebates will…