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Vermont Yankee Shuts Down

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 yesterday is just one of many failings that demonstrates Yankee’s incapacity to operate responsibly.

The  public hearing scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED  — ironically due to a power outage.  

Recent news includes finding strontium-90 at the Vermont Yankee site and the NRC saying  don’t worry about the mess, it will be cleaned up when the plant closes.  As I told one reporter:

“This is a good example of lax oversight by the NRC. I expect to hear I will clean it up later from my teenager. When it comes to radioactive contamination, people in charge should be more diligent.” 

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