Many letters and comments by elected officials say Vermont Yankee must close for Vermont to continue to move towards clean energy. Even the Vermont Energy Plan, now being drafted, fails to mention either Vermont Yankee’s past or potential future benefits.
Do Vermonters need to buy Vermont Yankee power, just because the plant is located in Vermont? Of course not. If General Electric had a plant in Vermont would that mean Vermonters couldn’t buy a Maytag?
Politicians would close VY based on safety concerns. The NRC, however, has the final authority regarding safety and has concluded after 7,000 hours of annual inspection, as well as over 20,000 hours of extra NRC inspection throughout the 3.5 year license renewal process, that Vermont Yankee is safe to operate until 2032.
Perhaps Brattleboro might be more scenic without the 650 full time jobs and the millions of dollars infused into the economy. Scenic like a ghost town, when you subtract those hundreds of good paying jobs and benefits and local taxes.
In 2005 Vermont established the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund to promote sustainable energy. Vermont Yankee contributes most of its budget. Vermonters are free to define their energy mix, but I don’t think throwing out the baby with the bathwater is the way to get there.
– Richard G. January
Events & Notes
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