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Nuclear industry goes hysterically ballistic over Yankee shutdown

January 10, 2015

GreenWorld

A Greenpeace blimp flies above Vermont Yankee. A Greenpeace blimp flies in protest above Vermont Yankee.

The long-awaited shutdown of the Vermont Yankee (VY) reactor on December 29 was celebrated across New England over the weekend; I’m told the party in Greenfield, Massachusetts Saturday night was especially festive.

After decades of campaigning, especially over the past 15 years when the Nuclear Free New England campaign kicked off at an action camp near Brattleboro, VT in 1998 (the initial announcement of VY’s impending shutdown was made 15 years to the day that 21 activists were arrested at the reactor site as the culmination of that camp), as well as years of deceit and bumbling by VY’s last owner Entergy–which managed to alienate just about the entire region’s population along with nearly every political leader in Vermont–such festivities were certainly in order.

Protests against Vermont Yankee regularly drew hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people in the small state. Protests against Vermont Yankee regularly drew hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people in the small state.

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