Vt. enviros mourn Vermont Yankee’s 40th

Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, Chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Commitee, speaks at a press conference at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday about his disappointment that Vermont Yankee remains open. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

 Dashed hopes and shattered dreams were on display at a Statehouse news conference Wednesday where lawmakers, environmental activists and representatives from some of the state’s most influential environmental groups mourned Vermont Yankee’s 40th anniversary.

They had hoped to be celebrating this spring day the final shutdown of the nuclear plant. Alas, ’twas not to be.

“Like others, I had this on my calendar as a retirement party,” said Sandra Levine, an attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. “But it seems like I’m going to be drinking alone – at least for today.”

The opponents of the nuclear reactor said they remain determined to shut down the reactor in Vernon.

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