Take a look at Past Safe & Green Actions and then join our email list to hear about upcoming actions. One action you can always take: writing a letter to the editor, or writing local, state and your Congressional delegation. Scroll down for their contact info.
Take Action on Vermont Yankee
ACTION ALERT: SAVE OUR SOLAR!
Massachusetts Residents: Please Take Action TODAY! Want more background? Go to the Save Our Solar Fact Sheet or download the SOS Fact Sheet (PFD). Click here for a model letter to your legislators: Just Raise the Caps!
PUBLIC COMMENT ON ENTERGY’S CLEAN WATER ACT PERMIT
VT’s Agency of Natural Resources is taking PUBLIC COMMENT on Entergy’s Clean Water Act permit. Here is ANR’s press release with links to the draft permit & fact sheet. The public comment period on the permit has begun and has been extended through August 27th. There will be a public hearing, AUGUST 20th at 6:00PM at Vernon Elementary School, Vermont VT.
EMAIL COMMENTS TO ANR.WSMDWastewaterComments@state.vt.us
Write to: Deb Markowitz, ANR Secretary
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3901
Let VT Commissioner Chris Recchia know you appreciate his work to make Vermont’s voices heard in Washington. In the past few months, he has testified twice before the NRC calling for more state and local participation in decommissioning planning, keeping the evacuation zone in place, moving spent fuel promptly into dry cask storage, and more. Read more here for testimony to the NRC Commissioners, and here for his July 2014 testimony to NRC staff. (Contact info below).
Write to Senators Sanders and Markey and US Rep. Welch and thank them for putting forward bills to allow states and local communities a say in decommissioning planning. (Contact info below)
Emergency Planning Zone
Entergy does not want to spend another dime on the emergency planning zone – protecting you, me or the elementary school across the street while it moves highly radioactive fuel out of the seven-story pool, or while the dangerous and dirty work of decommissioning the 40 year old reactor takes place. Read more 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.
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
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Write Letters to the Editor
- We need dozens of letters published in newspapers every month, all over the region. The pro-nuclear letters have been flooding in. Here is one week of pro-Yankee letters.
- Still need inspiration? Here are recent letters from our member as examples.
- Commit to writing one letter. Most newspapers restrict letters to the editor to 250 or 300 words.
- Write to your local paper or to one of the statewide papers:
- 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.
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