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Vermont nuclear reactor ready to be dead and buried

“Vermonters no longer trust that Vermont Yankee can operate safely, without accident or radioactive releases to the groundwater,” ……“Entergy needs to stop putting their profits ahead of the safety of New Englanders, and shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled.”

Nuclear Reactor in Vermont Needs to be Shut Down, Greenpeace on the Case – Planetsave.com 16 Nov 10, An old nuclear reactor in Vermont, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, has had a number of problems lately and Greenpeace has taken notice. “ The 38-year-old reactor has a history of contamination issues, including a recent leak of radioactive water,” Becky Striepe of our sister site Ecoscraps writes.

In February, the Vermont Senate voted 26-4 to stop continued operation of Vermont Yankee, led by then-Senator but now newly elected Governor Peter Shumlin. The day after Shumlin was elected as Governor, the company that owns Vermont Yankee, Entergy, announced it was looking to sell the nuclear plant. Hmm, I wonder why….

Following the most recent leak of radioactive water on November 7, to put more eyes on this aging nuclear plant and encourage Entergy to retire it, Greenpeace sent a letter to Entergy CEO J. Wayne Leonard and CEOs of companies that might have been identified as potential buyers of Vermont Yankee yesterday and it flew a blimp over the reactor with a banner on it that read “Shut Down Vermont Yankee.”

Entergy needs to stop trying to squeeze more profit out of Vermont Yankee or dump the mess they’ve created onto someone else, and instead begin preparations to permanently shut down this old reactor,” said Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst for Greenpeace.

Vermont residents seem to be onto the issue, thankfully, and the pressure is on Entergy now to take responsibility and stop trying to make money off of this old nuclear reactor.

“Vermonters no longer trust that Vermont Yankee can operate safely, without accident or radioactive releases to the groundwater,” said Mark Floegel of Greenpeace, “Entergy needs to stop putting their profits ahead of the safety of New Englanders, and shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled.”….

Nuclear Reactor in Vermont Needs to be Shut Down, Greenpeace on the Case – Planetsave.com: climate change and environmental news

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1 Comment »

  1. They should clos the plant. Because they leaked tritium into the aquifer, the EPA is suppose to purge the aquifer.

    The test results turned up in water samples pulled from a section of the well shaft extending from 200 to 220 feet below the surface of the plant site in Vernon. That’s about three times deeper than the deepest test well drilled this year — 70 feet — as the plant has tracked the spread of tritium and other radioactive substances through shallower ground water surrounding the 38-year-old reactor.
    The well, which had been used as a water supply for Vermont Yankee workers, was shut down in February because of its proximity to the radioactive leaks. Plant, state and federal officials, like Deen, had hoped the contaminated groundwater would be limited to that which has turned up in various test wells on the site since them. “What it means is that it has gotten through that rock layer that was protecting the drinking water aquifer,” Deen said. It could not be immediately determined how large the aquifer under Vermont Yankee is. Irwin said he is not a hydrogeologist and did not have that information. Deen said, “That’s the aquifer that most of the wells in that area are tapped into.”

    It looks like the wells have to be 1000 feet down to get clean water.

    Comment by Edward Bryan | March 22, 2011 | Reply


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