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As the debate over the future of Vermont Yankee continues, it is important that all stakeholders have accurate information concerning the plant’s operations. Vermont Yankee is a top industry performer as measured by a variety of reliability indicators. These operational achievements follow Entergy’s investment since 2002 of more than $400 million to maintain and improve the reliability of the plant.
Entergy’s attempt to sell raises a troubling question: If a company as strong and committed to nuclear power as Entergy Corporation–the second largest owner of nuclear plants in the US–could not manage to keep this plant from leaking and retain the confidence of Vermonters, or if Entergy’s own confidence in the plant has declined, would Vermonters be wise to let anyone else operate this plant beyond 2012?
The nuclear industry has spent more than $700 million lobbying and contributing to politicians in the last ten years, so the groundwork for rebranding has been established.
Burning coal concentrates naturally occurring radioactive materials including uranium and thorium. When filtered out by smokestack control equipment, the toxins do not magically disappear.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2010 CONTACT: Joe Smyth Greenpeace airship flies over risky Entergy nuclear reactor: ‘Shut Down Vermont Yankee’ Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenpeaceusa09/sets/72157625349667724/ Vernon, VT – Greenpeace today flew an airship with a banner reading “Shut Down Vermont Yankee” over the risky and dangerous nuclear reactor to send a message to Entergy, the plant’s [...]
Community members, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and Greenpeace to call for the closure of Vermont Yankee. WHO: Dr. Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility Susan Ritz, VNRC board member and Montpelier resident Jarred Cobb, Greenpeace organizer WHAT: Greenpeace, Dr. Helen Caldicott and Susan Ritz will hold a press conference at the Main Street Landing [...]
“I’m deeply offended when people say that nuclear energy is clean and safe. If you have a look at my territory, there is nothing clean about it.”
But for the fact that Yankee is here today, there is essentially no support for a nuclear power plant in Vermont.
Entergy is the company that saved hundreds of millions of dollars by letting its New Orleans subsidiary go bankrupt after Katrina.