Vermont Yankee Will not go “Gentle into that Good Night”

One of my favorite poems is one entitled “DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT”.  The first stanza contains the following lines:

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rage at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

It looks like Vermont Yankee is taking that approach in response to calls by the Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin for the state’s lone reactor to close when its current 40-year license expires next March.  In this case it is not the light itself that is in danger of dying, but an inexpensive supply of power that keeps the lights on.  In a WPTZ piece it was revealed that VY is taking their case to the feds:

In the clearest sign yet that the fight over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s relicensing may end up in federal court, the head of the company that owns the plant said its future is a matter of federal jurisdiction and insists the plant is fit for another 20 years of operation.