130 arrested in protest over operating nuclear plant
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.