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VNRC Urges Shutdown of Vermont Yankee

In a November 12 filing with the Public Service Board, VNRC urged the immediate shutdown of Vermont Yankee because of radiological contamination of groundwater at the plant site in Vernon.

The filing reads: “Entergy Yankee (VY) should cease operations until all the leaks in question are discovered, addressed, and Entergy VY proves that the contamination caused by the leaks is fully remediated,” read a copy of the filing, which is short, here.

Vermont Yankee’s license is set to expire at the end of 2012. Earlier this year, it was discovered that Entergy officials had misled regulators about the existence of pipes that, it turned out, were leaking radioactive material including tritium into the groundwater.

VNRC has been a leader in advocating for the protection of Vermont’s groundwater, including playing a pivotal role in the 2008 declaration by the Vermont Legislature and the state of Vermont that groundwater is a public trust resource. That means the state’s groundwater is to be managed by the state for the common good of all Vermonters.

“It makes no sense to wait until the reactor’s 2012 retirement date to stop the reactor and fix the leaks and clean up the mess,” said Jon Groveman, water program director for VNRC. “The problems should be fixed now. If your car is leaking oil, you don’t keep running it, you take it off the road.”