Union, law foundation seek role in Vermont Yankee sale

The Conservation Law Foundation and Local 300 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have filed motions for intervention before the state Public Service Board, which is considering a New York decommissioning company’s request to buy the Vernon nuclear plant.

The organizations have very different interests in the sale: The South Burlington-based union local is looking to support Vermont Yankee staffers and decommissioning contractors, while the law foundation is citing its “substantial interest” in environmental and economic issues.

“The outcome of this case will certainly affect Vermonters for many years to come,” said Sandra Levine, a senior attorney at the foundation’s Montpelier office. “Making sure that the site is cleaned up well and that there is no ongoing legacy of pollution is very important.”

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