You have got to be kidding me. Could the government agency we rely on to REGULATE nuclear power plants in America actually give a green light to a nuke plant that has been leaking Tritium into ground water and Cobalt-60, Manganese-54, Zinc-65, and Cesium-137 into the soil??? (Don’t believe me? Read the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissions letter regarding their inspection report from May 2010: http://www.necnp.org/files/docs/VY_GRND_WATER_INSP_RPT_ML101400040_20MAY2010.pdf)
The host state of Vermont voted for its closure. More importantly, though, it was only built to last until 2012, which is why it should be decommissioned and NOT given another 20 years of escalating risk for a catastrophic accident. Even without a major disaster, the risks of substantial environmental damage from the ongoing use of an over-age nuclear plant is simply not worth it.
There is no basis to justify a license extension for Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee. No argument can be made that can justify the potential risks involved. And yet that is just what is happening. WAKE THE HELL UP, PEOPLE!
Entergy’s Vermont Nuclear Unit Cleared for License Renewal
By Mark Chediak – Mar 11, 2011 10:52 AM GMT+1300
The federal nuclear agency will issue a 20-year license extension after upholding an agency board ruling that rejected a challenge to the renewal, Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the commission, said today during a conference call with reporters. The license will be issued in a “matter of days,” Jaczko said.
The commission voted 4-0 to support a decision by its Atomic Safety Licensing Board that denied an objection to the license by New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, Eliot Brenner, a commission spokesman, said during the call. The coalition had raised concerns about Entergy’s oversight of underground pipes that had leaked at the plant, according to a statement posted on the Brattleboro, Vermont-based group’s website.
“We believe Entergy, through the exhaustive review that we’ve done for license renewal, meets all of our requirements and standards needed to be able to operate for another 20 years,” Jaczko said.
To the NRC: Are your standards so low that a leaking old nuclear reactor could be given another 20 years to operate? Is there no one amongst you with the morals and integrity to challenge this blatant disregard for our well being?