Letters 10 – 4 – 2011

Safety first at Vermont Yankee 

What does it mean to be a nuclear worker?

Above everything else, SAFETY is first. Every action taken must be thoroughly evaluated to assure that it will not compromise safety.

Precision and detail are required; procedures must be followed exactly.

Dedication is mandatory; whenever there is an issue to be addressed, it must be addressed thoroughly and promptly.

Skills must be developed, honed and maintained to assure that work performed is of the highest quality obtainable.

I have worked in the nuclear industry for over 39 years; over 32 of them at Vermont Yankee. I have worked at every nuclear plant in New England. The men and women I work with at Vermont Yankee consistently demonstrate the characteristics described above and perform their duties as well as, or better than any group of nuclear workers I have ever met. I am extremely proud to work with them.

Because of these workers, Vermont Yankee has been repeatedly evaluated by nuclear experts, both governmental and non-governmental as meeting the highest standards in an industry which has extremely high standards.

Vermont Yankee produces 650 megawatts of electricity; 24 hours a day, 365 days per year while avoiding emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide. This clean energy is produced in Vermont, in the United States and not under the control of foreign governments.

We should not let the political agenda of a few misguided individuals put an end to this valuable resource.

– Richard January

Events & Notes

Fri. November 4th: Addison County Fundraising Dinner at the Middlebury VFW, starting at 5:30 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm. Guest speaker, State Senator Garrett P. Mason of Maine on how his state party won twenty seats in 2010, capturing both chambers of the legislature and the governorship. Master of Ceremonies, Governor Jim Douglas. For information or tickets contact Connie Houston at 385-1106, Jeanette VanWyck at 877-2169, or Meg Barnes at 879-2744.

Mon. November 7th: Pyrofax Energy will announce their Return the Favor discount program for veterans of all branches of the military. Veterans who show a valid honorable discharge ID, (DD-214) reservists and active duty service men and women will receive a significant discount on their per gallon oil and propane prices. A press conference will take place Monday, November 7th at 10:30am at the Burlington VFW located at 176 South Winooski Ave. to announce the benefits of the program and how those eligible can take advantage of the opportunity.

Tues. November 8th: A Forum on the Future of Health Care in Vermont. Featured speakers include Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, and Joel Allenbaugh, Director of Health Reform Initiatives, Maine Heritage Policy Center. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Burlington Hilton on Battery Street (Registration 8:30 am). Click HERE to make your reservation today.



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