Vermont closes only nuclear power plant
February 26, 2010
The Vermont Senate voted 26 to 4 this week to block operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant after 2012, citing radioactive leaks and other concerns. [New York Times]
The vote comes less than a week after President Obama publicly called for more nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. Opponents had sought to shut down the 38-year-old plant over recent leaks of radioactive tritium and the collapse of a cooling tower in 2007.
Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson issued a press release Thursday, drawing comparisons between Vermont Yankee and the PG&E Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in Avila. Swanson claims that, like Vermont Yankee, Diablo Canyon is flawed, especially in the areas of seismic vulnerability and the potential for terrorist attacks.