Vermont Yankee was scheduled to close in March of 2012. It is one of the oldest reactors in the country but its owners, Entergy Corporation, want to run it for 20 years past its expiration date. Poor management and old age have lead to a string of accidents and safety concerns.
Entergy has refused to add money to the reactor’s clean-up fund, potentially leaving Vermonters with most of a $1 billion dollar clean-up bill in addition to the nuclear waste that is being stored on the banks of the Connecticut River.
VPIRG is working to hold the reactor’s corporate owners accountable for the clean-up of the contaminated site and for the safe closure of Vermont Yankee.
We need to show that Vermonters would support a decision to deny Entergy’s request for another 20-year permit to run Vermont Yankee, and we need to do it publicly.
Thank you for taking the time to show your support for retiring VY by writing and submitting a letter-to-the-editor!
It’s easy—just check out some of our (non-safety related) talking points below, or click to read our legal brief. We’ve even compiled a helpful list of local and statewide newspapers, so all you have to do is copy and paste.…Read more »
Time and time again, VPIRG has exposed how Entergy regularly fails to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In the wake of Entergy’s decision to go public with its decision to close Vermont Yankee, the take-away point of a recent memo from VPIRG’s legal team rings especially true.
Entergy’s adamant that it decided to close Vermont Yankee just hours before going public with the plan. It offered one reason for its decision. …Continue reading »