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Good news: New England's most decrepit nuclear power plant--Vermont Yankee--is ceasing operations. Bad news: all its radioactive material will just sit there untouched, on the Connecticut River, for the next 60 years. Odd news: closing the plant was just a business decision by its corporate owner. (See "Notes.")
We'll have details on the closing and then selections from Dr. HELEN CALDICOTT's fine 2009 speech on why Vermont Yankee has to go (and the rest of the lot, too)
New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "long-suffering sighs") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
My exerpts from Caldicott's talk (at Brattleboro, VT) courtesy of her radio program, "If You Love This Planet."
For many years, activists have tried and failed to shut Vermont Yankee down. For the past three years, the Vermont legislature has tried and failed to shut the plant down. The plant's owner, Entergy Corporation, defeated every attempt to close its little New England moneymaker. Then on its own, in August 2013, Entergy itself decided to shut the plant down. Just another business decision.
And the moral of the story is: The public be damned, but business is business!
More details, photos, great links, & other good stuff on the show's Web site: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com
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