Vermont Yankee will be allowed to continue to leak and pollute. On March 10, 2010, the Vermont Public Service Board held an initial hearing on CLF’s request to close the plant until the leaks are repaired.
Unfortunately, Yankee will continue to operate at least until it shuts down for refueling in late April. I have little doubt that when it does shut down for refueling, the leaks will be found and repaired. The sad part is that since early January, Vermont Yankee has been allowed to continue to operate with ongoing leaks of radioactive waste from pipes Yankee told regulators never even existed. The leaks and the lies should stop. Entergy should not get a free pass to pollute.
If my car is leaking oil, I stop the car and fix the leak. We should expect the same from an operator of a nuclear power plant.
Entergy — the owner of Vermont Yankee — claimed yesterday it should not be required to give regulators accurate information on the leaks, the impacts of the leaks and its efforts to stop them. They are busy trying to fix the leaks and the requested reporting apparently would be some sort of distraction. CLF responded that a company as large as Entergy should be able to “walk and chew gum at the same time.” If Entergy has time to make daily public announcements about what is going on, why can’t they make those statements under oath? And if they can’t, what are they hiding?
Join CLF in asking the VT Public Service Board, the NRC and the VT health Department to shut Vermont Yankee down until the leaks are repaired.
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