Vermont Yankee has been the target of protests from day one. Over the past several years, there have been a series of radioactive tritium leaks into the ground and water at the Vernon plant. "No risk to the public", they said, and I wonder who dares believe such lies.
Corporations like this have no legitimacy, no credibility. They are tarred by Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island, as well as the thousands of "incidents" we the public have never heard of.
Consider this: In 1989, we did not have a solution to the radioactive waste produced by nuclear power plants. Now, 24 years later, we still have NO SOLUTION and NO PLACE to put things like spent fuel rods.
So, I gain only a measure of satisfaction from closing Vermont Yankee. I am more disgusted and concerned that radioactive materials and residues will continue to poison that site in southern Vermont.
I'm disgusted these decisions are based on money (and shareholders) instead of what's "safe" or "right" or "ethical".
I wonder why people go nuts when one person catches West Nile virus from mosquitos, but overlook the specter of radiation leaks from aging nuclear plants and ineffective storage/containment practices.
Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant? I bet you do.
Entergy helps me be more hopeful that this financial disease will spread and we'll read about a decision to decommission the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire sometime soon.
It's time to think very, very differently. More humane. Sustainable. Think about affordable, local energy sources. Think equity. Work with natural cycles, not in spite of them. Think "big picture" and "long term".