130 ar­rested in protest over op­er­at­ing nu­clear plant

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BRAT­TLE­BORO | A 93-year-old ac­tivist was among scores of pro­test­ers ar­rested at the cor­po­rate head­quar­ters of the Ver­mont Yan­kee nu­clear power plant Thurs­day, the first day of the plant’s op­er­a­tion af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of its 40-year li­cense.

Frances Crowe, of Northamp­ton, Mass., said she wants Ver­mont Yan­kee to cease op­er­a­tions be­cause it’s a threat to the peo­ple who live nearby. “As I was walk­ing down, all I could think of was Fukushima and the suf­fer­ing of all the peo­ple, and I don’t want that to hap­pen to New Eng­land,” she said.

A heavy po­lice pres­ence and ropes blocked off ac­cess to the of­fices in Brat­tle­boro from more than 800 pro­test­ers and a com­pany spokesman said work con­tin­ued as nor­mal.

Ac­tivists said 130 were ar­rested, though po­lice did not have an es­ti­mate. The ar­rests were made calmly and with­out any con­fronta­tion, with ob­vi­ous signs that pro­test­ers and po­lice had worked out the lo­gis­tics be­fore­hand.

The fed­eral Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion has is­sued the plant a 20-year li­cense ex­ten­sion, but Ver­mont wants the plant to close and the two sides are fight­ing a le­gal bat­tle. In Jan­uary, a fed­eral judge is­sued an or­der that al­lows the plant to con­tinue op­er­at­ing while the le­gal case con­tin­ues in court.

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