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Letter: Fearing the Worst at Vt. Yankee

To the Editor:

It is in our nature to hope for the best when stuck in a dangerous situation. But with the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor still operating beyond its 40-year license and experiencing a series of breakdowns and operational and oversight lapses that are covered up by its owner, Entergy Corp., we have to fear the worst.

And take action. I suggest the reader go to www.safeandgreencampaign.org/resources/accidents-breakdowns-leaks-lies-and-laws/2012-timeline to read about near-misses. Then plan to come to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s public meeting on April 30 in Brattleboro Union High School to hear the Nuclear Regulatory Commission review Vermont Yankee’s performance this past year. (An open house will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period from 7 to 8 p.m.). Plan to ask questions, such as: Why hasn’t the NRC imposed stricter safety measures on reactors since the disaster at Fukushima? Or, why has the former head of NRC, Gregory Jaczko, warned recently that trying to maintain old plants such as Vermont Yankee is like putting “Band-Aid on Band-Aid” and has called for a phaseout of all operating plants in the U.S.?

A carpool to the meeting will leave at 4:15 from the Tip Top building parking lot in White River Junction.

Ulrike von Moltke

Sharon