The Vermont Yankee Vote

February 2010

Soon, Vermont could make history.

At 10:30 Wednesday, February 24 Vermont State Senators will consider the future of Vermont’s old and unreliable nuclear power plant and likely vote on whether or not to allow the ailing reactor to operate past its scheduled March 2012 shutdown date.

For so many good reasons — including the fact that VY continues to leak radioactive tritium into nearby groundwater and the plant has nearly reached the end of its useful life — the Senate is very likely to vote a resounding “NO!”

But that’s not certain. We need your help to ensure that happens.

Vermont Yankee’s corporate lobbyists — and even some lawmakers — are pushing to delay the Senate’s vote. Despite years of testimony, research, analysis and study, some are arguing for more time to consider the matter.

There is no good reason to delay this vote. Attempts to push back this decision are largely political moves designed to slow the process. The reality is: Vermont must move forward with replacing VY’s power at an affordable price that doesn’t jeopardize human health, the environment and our economy. It’s certainly possible. Closing Vermont Yankee — as scheduled in 2012 — is the first essential step.

Here’s what you can do:

1.    Call or email your Senators today and ask them to VOTE NOW and VOTE NO. Or, call and leave a personal message for your Senators at the Sergeant-at-Arms office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 802-828-2228.

2.    Join us in Montpelier at the Vermont State House tomorrow for the big vote. Click here to RSVP.

Things to know if you can join us on the day of the vote – February 24:

•    Please arrive at the State House between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to sign in, take action, and speak to your Senators before they vote.  Greeters at the State House entrances will point you in the right direction.

•    The Chambers are small, so not everyone will have a birds-eye seat (at least for the whole debate). Rooms 10 and 11 will serve as overflow rooms with a live video streaming the proceedings on the floor. (Please note: Signs and banners are NOT permitted in the State House.)

•    Wear your “Sunday best” and, it goes without saying, be respectful. Respect and decorum will help us encourage lawmakers to do the right thing and VOTE NO.

•    Let other folks know this is happening and invite them to the State House tomorrow! Please… Forward this email.  Post the RSVP site on Facebook or Twitter. Pick up the phone.

If you can’t make it to the State House, please call and leave a message for your Senators at the Sergeant-at-Arms office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 802-828-2228. Or, contact your Senator directly. Also, ask your friends, family and neighbors to do the same! Legislators need to hear from as many concerned Vermonters as possible that they should vote ‘no’ on extending VY’s operating license. They will certainly be hearing from Entergy’s corporate lobbyists.

Help send a strong, unified message that there is a better energy and economic path forward!