March 17, 2010
The nuclear power industry is sending a clear and forceful message to the citizens of Vermont: "Drop Dead."
The greeting applies to Ohio, New York, California and a nation under assault from a "renaissance" so far hyped with more than $640 million in corporate cash.
The Vermont attack includes:
2) Vermont's pro-nuclear Republican Governor Jim Douglas says the Senate's vote is "meaningless." Douglas is not running for re-election but is certain to become a high-priced Yankee arm-twister when he leaves office.
3) Entergy has also implied that if it fails to buy itself a pro-nuke legislature in 2010, it will sue over any denial of the license extension.
5) Entergy's decommissioning fund has been radically drained by stock market losses and mis-management. It retains nowhere near enough money for safe dismantlement, So Entergy says Yankee must operate for decades more to recoup the losses.
6) Under oath and in public, Entergy officials have denied the existence of underground piping at Vermont Yankee which does exist and is leaking radioactive tritium as well as other deadly isotopes.
7) A probe (nicknamed "Rover") sent into the piping system to locate the leak has become stuck in radioactive muck.
8) State regulators and others warn that Yankee's radioactive offal may already be pouring into the Connecticut River.
As angry citizens in Vermont and downwind New Hampshire and Massachusetts are told their worries have no place in a reactor renaissance, the message to "drop dead" has spread.
In New York, Entergy's Indian Point is leaking inside and out. Entergy continues to resist public demands for shut-down or a definitive clean-up.
In California, Pacific Gas & Electric is pushing hard to extend the operating license for its Diablo Canyon reactor, ignoring public demands for a three-year project to map earthquake faults that run within three miles of the plant.