Vermont Yankee is an old, leaking nuclear power plant that is unsafe and falling apart, and the people of Vermont have spoken; it should be closed as scheduled in 2012. In February 2010, the Vermont Senate voted 26 – 4 to close the 38-year-old plant, and Vermonters affirmed that decision on election night when the leader of that vote, Peter Shumlin, was elected Governor.
But Entergy, Vermont Yankee’s out-of-state corporate owners, are still trying to relicense the decrepit reactor. And in a desperate move, they are even trying to pass their mess onto someone else by trying to sell the reactor.
Tell the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy, J. Wayne Leonard, that enough is enough. He needs to stop putting corporate profits ahead of the safety of New Englanders, and shut down Vermont Yankee.
I urge you to listen to the people of Vermont, stop trying to re-license the plant or dump your mess onto someone else, and begin preparations to shut down Vermont Yankee. It's clear that Vermont Yankee can no longer operate without incident, accident, or radioactive releases to the groundwater, and a new owner won't solve any of these problems.
I request that you stop your efforts to re-license or sell Vermont Yankee. Vermonters have spoken! They no longer want to live in the shadow of a decrepit nuclear reactor with its long history of mismanagement. Vermont Yankee must close in 2012.