Ver­mont Yan­kee to close

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Wash­ing­ton, DC

Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) yes­ter­day wel­comed En­tergy Corp.’s de­ci­sion to close the Ver­mont Yan­kee nu­clear power plant. “I am de­lighted that En­tergy will shut down the Ver­mont Yan­kee nu­clear plant which has had so many prob­lems in re­cent years. There is a strong de­sire on the part of the peo­ple of the state of Ver­mont to close the plant that was sched­uled to op­er­ate for only 40 years,” San­ders said.

“The clo­sure will al­low Ver­mont to fo­cus on lead­ing the na­tion to­ward safer and more eco­nom­i­cal sources of sus­tain­able and re­new­able en­ergy like so­lar, wind, geo­ther­mal and biomass,” added San­ders, a mem­ber of the Se­nate en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tees.

While wel­com­ing news of the shut­down, San­ders said the jobs of Ver­mont Yan­kee em­ploy­ees must be pre­served while the plant is safely de­com­mis­sioned.

“En­tergy must go through a decom­mis­sion­ing process as soon as pos­si­ble, a process which will re­quire many work­ers,” San­ders said. “Clearly there are no peo­ple who know the Ver­mont Yan­kee plant bet­ter than those who are cur­rently em­ployed and they should be given top pri­or­ity for those new jobs.”

The com­pany has in­di­cated it fa­vors a decom­mis­sion­ing method that could re­sult in decades of de­lay. As a mem­ber of the En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, which over­sees the Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, San­ders said he will work ag­gres­sively to make sure the decom­mis­sion­ing process starts as soon as pos­si­ble.

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