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  • Climate March 9.21.2014

    Safe and Green Campaigners at the People’s Climate Action March in NYC on 9.21.2014, as part of the Nuclear-Free Carbon-Free Contingent

    Take Action

    Take a look at Past Safe & Green Actions  and then join our email list to hear about upcoming actions and to get the latest news. Please COMMENT on blogs posts and articles on-line. Start with VtDigger – VT Yankee Posts — active comments, pro and con — your voice can be heard state wide here.

    Please write a letter to the editor, and write to your elected officials and regulators — scroll down for their contact info.

    HOT TOPICS

    DECOMMISSIONING

    Keep informed. If it seems like there are too many issues to follow, pick one and focus on it. News about decommissioning is on our Decommissioning Resources page.

    Attend NDCAP, the citizens’ panel meeting on VT Yankee. They meet on the 4th Thursday of each month, in Brattleboro. State agency heads, Entergy staff and citizens’ representatives are doing the work and need to hear from you. Meetings always include a public comment period. You can also send written comments or ask questions by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov Dates, agendas and presentations are posted on the NDCAP website here.

    The Public Comment period to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission first draft of its decommissioning rules closed March 18,2016. We appreciate everyone who took the time to comment, using you experience and lessons learned from our Yankee decommissioning thus far.

    EMERGENCY PLANNING

    Read our Emergency Planning Zone Update (as of 02.02.2015)

      RADIOACTIVE WASTE 

    Entergy needs to receive a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board for the new dry cask storage pad. CAN recommends that the Certificate include a condition requiring the emergency planning zone remain in effect until all the waste is secured in storage.  Learn a bit more here, then contact the PSB.

    Read more here and here  then write your local legislators and the contacts below – demand they pressure the NRC. Public safety can’t be accomplished by a rubber stamp.

    PIPELINES

    We  a12669525_1287155107976708_6482280199960157277_nre active in the Sugar Shack Alliance, supporting our neighbors just to the south of us. We are especially concerned about the compressor station proposed for Northfield, just a few miles south of VT Yankee and its nuclear waste. Read more at http://sugarshackalliance.org/

    We have also worked with Rising Tide VT and 350VT in their direct actions to shut down the GazMetro / VT Gas pipeline in progress in northern Vermont.

    LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN MASSACHUSETTS

    Follow important legislation on renewables, efficiency and pipelines on the Climate Action Now website (western MA non-profit).

     

    CONTACTS

    Feeling outraged by Entergy’s latest cover up, spin or misstatement? Keep regulators and elected officials vigilant! Please write or email with your comments to:

    Governor Peter Shumlin / 109 State Street, Pavilion / Montpelier, VT 05609 / Phone: 802 828-3333

    Chris Recchia, Commissioner / VT Public Service Dept. / 112 State Street Third Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620-2601 /Phone: 802 828-4071  Chris.Recchia@state.vt.us

    William Sorrell, Attorney General / 109 State Street, Montpelier VT 05609-1001 / Phone: 802 828-3171

    Mike Twomey, Vice President, External Affairs/ Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee / 185 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301

    Neil Sheehan, NRC Region 1 Public Affairs / OPA1.Resource@nrc.gov Phone 610 337-5331

    Vermont Congressional Delegation: email their their website Contact forms

    Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) 802-229-0569 http://leahy.senate.gov
    Senator Bernie Sanders (VT 802-862-0697 http://sanders.senate.gov (on US Senate oversight committee for nuclear power)
    Senator Ed Markey (MA) 202-224-2742 http://www.markey.senate.gov/ (on US Senate oversight committee for nuclear power)
    Congressman Peter Welch (VT) 802-652-2450 http://welch.house.gov
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    Join the Safe and Green Campaign

    •  Join Safe and Green Campaign’s email list serve to receive notices of up-coming actions, meetings, and public hearings. We only send out information related to the Safe & Green Campaign. Send your email address, name, town and state to safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com
    • Host a house party for friends who may be interested in forming Affinity Groups and get trained in nonviolent direct action. Contact Bob Bady bobbady@gmail.com
    • Speaking out We can bring you up to date on what’s happening. Invite Safe and Green Campaign to come speak to your transition town or energy committee, church social justice committee, to your college class, and before your city council or town government.
    • Create banners, contribute artwork, write letters, show up for our actions, contact elected officials.

    If you want to participate, or if you want more information, contact safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

    Write Letters to the Editor

    Rutland Herald RH Letters link
    Burlington Free Press BFP Letters link
    Keene Sentinal http://www.sentinelsource.com/

    • Follow-up with a phone call the same day to the Editor of the paper.
    • Send a copy of your letters to the legislators from the area.
    • If you want to write an opinion piece longer than 300 words, contact the editor of the newspaper for their guidelines.
    • If you follow a blog regularly, be sure to comment on pro-nuclear arguments and post your own opinions.

    Send Letters to Your Electric Company

    • Massachusetts and New Hampshire utilities may still have contracts to purchase power from Vermont Yankee.
    • MASSACHUSETTS & NH ACTIVISTS: One of the most powerful things we can do is demand that our electric utility companies stop purchasing power from Entergy and instead buy electricity from local, renewable electricity suppliers. When you send in your next payment, include a letter requesting they not buy power from Entergy Nuclear.
    • None of the Vermont utility companies have a contract to purchase power from Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012.
    • Check your utility bill or utility company’s website for renewable options.

    More Things You Can Do

    Support Local, Renewable Electricity Projects

    • Several renewable energy projects are being proposed in southern VT, western MA and eastern NH.
    • Contact your local regulators and voice your support for these projects.
    • Attend planning and regulatory meetings/hearings regarding these proposals. Show your support and suggest solutions for making these projects better.
    • Supporting local, efficiency and renewable projects is JUST AS IMPORTANT as closing Vermont Yankee.
    • Check out our page on Safe & Green Alternatives for specifics in your region.

    Support Legislative and Gubernatorial Candidates

    • While the Safe & Green Campaign cannot endorse candidates, you can!
    • Support candidates that support closing Vermont Yankee and are aggressively pursuing conservation, efficiency and renewable solutions.
    • Contact their campaigns and get involved.

    Educate Yourself and Testify

    • Follow your state’s energy planning process and testify. For example, Vermont held public hearings on their draft energy plan www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov/
    • Attend public hearings on nuclear issues, such as emergency planning and evacuation planning, and testify on how it will affect you and alternatives to their plans and regulations.
    • Join Safe and Green Campaign’s list serve and we will send you notices of public hearings. safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

    Donate to the Safe & Green Campaign

    Mail a check today to: Safe and Green Campaign, PO Box 1864, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

    Your donations enable us to reach out to the community and provide logistical support for our actions. Thank you!