The Vermont Public Service Board began hearings this week on what to do about the leaks at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power facility in southern Vermont. CLF is asking the Board to shut down the plant until all the leaks are repaired and the site is cleaned up.
During the hearings Tuesday, Vermont Yankee’s owners admitted underground pipes still remain inaccessible, leak prevention efforts are limited, and the failure to follow their own plans led to ongoing leaks for two years before they were discovered.
Leaks at the plant came to light a year ago. Tritium and other radioactive materials continue to contaminate the soil, groundwater and the nearby Connecticut River.
The public has lost faith in Vermont Yankee and the ability of its owners, Entergy, to manage the plant responsibly. Testimony of CLF’s groundwater expert explains Entergy’s lackluster response to leaks. Full clean up is needed to prevent harm to the environment.