Saturday, March 30 @ 3:30: Leaks, Lies and Lawyers! Parade & Rally
CLICK HERE FOR LINKS TO BILLS BEFORE THE VERMONT LEGISLATURE, HAND OUTS FROM THE RALLY, AND STORIES FROM THE DAY. THANKS TO THE 500+ FOLKS WHO’S VOICES WERE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR – NO MORE LEAKS, LIES OR LAWYERS DECIDING OUR ENERGY FUTURE! Click on the photo below to see a slide show of photographs from Leaks, Lies & Lawyers.
News update as of 3.30.13: The Reasons to Shut It Down Keep on Coming: Vermont Yankee has been refueling since March 8 and is still at 0 percent power. That does not mean the trouble stops. Since refueling began, a 6’x10′ panel blew off, and 2 feet of water appeared in an electric switch control room due to a failed flood seal. And now Entergy’s finances are so precarious that we suspect the corporation will shortchange safety to save money. The fair market value of the plant is three times less than it’s carrying value. CAN and activists at Fitzpatrick and Pilgrim petitioned the NRC to shut down Yankee and Fitzpatrick based on its financial weakness. http://www.nukebusters.org Two days later, on March 22, the NRC asked Entergy if they “… still have the financial qualifications to continue to operate the plant safely and if not, what are they going to do to address that?” (VPR). The new commissioner of the Dept of Public Service, Chris Recchia, has concerns which he has taken directly to the NRC. “I want to understand how the NRC looked at these systems when it re-licensed the plant.” On the legal front, the VT Supreme Court denied the New England Coalition’s complaint to shut down Yankee based on the sale agreement, and Entergy is now suing the State of New York over Indian Point.
Soon, a year will have gone by since Entergy’s VT Yankee reactor went rogue on March 21, 2012. What has a year brought us? Nothing but WASTE!
- WASTE of taxpayer money defending Vermont from FOUR new lawsuits by Entergy, plus two appeals.
- WASTE of time that could have been spent on safely decommissioning the reactor.
- WASTE of another year — now 7 years! – without a Clean Water Act permit. Another year of heating up the Connecticut River and boiling the fish, during one of the hottest summers on record.
- Another year of radioactive WASTE in the already over-crowded spent fuel pool. Entergy began refueling as we stood in vigil for Fukushima on March 10. MORE nuclear waste will be transferred into the fuel pool, meaning they are ignoring the promise they made in the sale agreement to stop generating and storing nuclear waste after March 21, 2012.
We will not sit back and let Entergy’s high priced lawyers decide our energy future!
Voices of Fukushima March 9, 10 & 11 2013
Visit Voices of Fukushima pages
for photos, video and more information on the three days of SAGE Alliance events to honor the people of Fukushima, Japan on the second anniversary, as the meltdowns and heart breaking stories from 130,000 Fukushima nuclear evacuees continue. This year, we took to our own town greens, farmers markets, and street corners to say “Fukushimna ghost towns could be our own towns,” and on Sunday, March 10 SAGE held a solemn vigil at the gates of Vermont Yankee in Vernon.