Letters and Events 5 – 30 – 2013

What is State of Vermont thinking by denying permit for backup generator?

I read in the news recently that the State of Vermont Public Service Board refuses to issue an operating permit for the Vermont Yankee backup diesel generator (Vermont Digger, April 25). This generator would power the fuel-cooling water pumps should the usual power supply system fail, and is one part of the multiple redundant systems that make U.S. nuclear plants so safe.

So why would the PSB oppose a “certificate of public good” for this backup generator? There does not seem to be any satisfactory reason except that the state might want to have a “bargaining chip” to try and prevent Vermont Yankee’s license renewal. This is extraordinarily reckless.

I support Vermont Yankee and I am confident that it is safe. Why would the state of Vermont be trying to make it less so?

Ben Egnew
NH Resident, VY employee, VT Taxpayer



The Ethan Allen Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Roasting of founder John McClaughry by ethan Allen Institute co-Founder John M. Mitchell

Governor Jim Douglas & Governor Tom Salmon with special entertainment by Rusty “The Logger” Dewees

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Emerald Ballroom | Sheraton hotel & conference center
870 Williston road | South Burlington, Vt 05403

Social hour at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, private reception at 6:00pm
$65 per individual ticket
Gold Sponsor – $5,000
Silver Sponsor – $1,000
Early Bird Table – $450
(early Bird reservation confirmed by May 22nd) 

Purchase your tickets Online Now!

Or, save the processing fee and reserve your tickets by mail.  Download your reply card HERE, and send to:

Ethan Allen Institute
P.O. Box 543
Montpelier, VT 05601

Questions? Call 802-695-1448
Please join us in thanking John McClaughry for his
twenty years of dedication
to the fight for liberty and prosperity in Vermont,
and in taking the first step toward another twenty years of
Ethan Allen Institute success.