In case you need a reminder as to WHY it is important to speak out on Vermont Yankee, watch this video of US Senator Bernie Sanders and VT Governor Peter Shumlin, speaking at the DEFEND DEMOCRACY rally on April 14th. Perhaps their rousing speeches will motivate you to speak out with your own reasons Vermont Yankee should shut down — just in time for the Public Service Board public hearings in November. The PSB will be deciding whether or not Vermont Yankee’s license should be extended for another 20 years.
On October 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm, the Safe and Green Campaign is organizing a dinner and forum at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro. The Forum will help us all prepare comments on Entergy Vermont Yankee’s license extension for the November 7th & 19th public hearings by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB). We have invited speakers from groups that are parties to the license extension application to speak on the issues the PSB will be considering.
We will also organize volunteers to make phone calls to get people out to the public hearings.
November 7th and 19th are the only public hearings that will be held. Let’s pack these hearings with people who believe that Vermont Yankee must not be permitted to continue operating, and that it be safely decommissioned as soon as possible. According to the Public Service Board’s Guidelines: “public comments play an important role by raising new issues or offering perspectives that the Board should consider and ask parties to present evidence on…” If you live in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, the Public Service Board does allow comments from non-Vermont residents. Please pass on this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
Safe and Green’s Forum will start at 6:00 pm with a dinner catered by local foodie Tristan Toleno. The menu includes:Green Salad,Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk (Vegan and Gluten-free), Bread, Roasted Carrots and Parsnips (vegan and g/f), Wild Rice, Pilaf (vegan and g/f), and Vermont Turkey Dumpling (Cheddar Biscuits). The speakers will begin at 6:45pm and we will be organizing phone banks at 7:30.
Please mark your calendar with these PSB Public Hearing dates:
- November 7th, Wednesday: 7:00 pm, Vernon Elementary School, Vernon: The PSB will take comments from the public in person. Get there early to sign up to make your own comments.
- November 19th, Monday, 7:00pm: The PSB will take comments from the public via Vermont Interactive Technologies, from a dozen sites around the state, from Bennington to Burlington. Watch others state-wide make their comments on tv; get there early to sign up to make your own comments.
You can read more about the hearings, the case, and interactive TV locations at the State’s website: psb.vermont.gov/docketsand%
If you would like to volunteer to make this Forum a success, to make calls to get people out to the hearings, or to RSVP for dinner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all you do for a safe, clean energy future!