US Nuclear Protesters Rally In VT While 2 US Reactors Could Be Scrapped
On Thursday 1000 protesters in Vermont marched to the offices of Entergy in Brattleburo demanding the shut down of the aging reactor. A large number of
protesters were arrested at the Entergy office near the plant.
A federal judge ruled that the state’s nuclear waste permit for Vermont Yankee that expired Wednesday could not be enforced. So the reactor continues
to operate, generating nuclear waste that it does not have a permit to store in Vermont. It is not clear if the waste storage issue will become part of the
ongoing appeals by the state to exert state rights to decide if they want an aging reactor to run in their state.
In New Jersey opponents of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant have pointed out that the NRC timeline for post Fukushima upgrades requires these changes to be
done 2 years before the plant’s license will end. Officials from Exelon the operator of Oyster Creek decided to not renew the license as changes that would be required
to keep adequate cooling at the plant would be too costly. What remains unanswered is will the NRC demand the plant do post-Fukushima upgrades or somehow give
Oyster Creek an exemption? Could it cause the plant to shut down 2 years earlier to avoid the additional costs? Many local opponents of the plant are concerned that the
NRC is requiring safety changes for public safety yet will allow plants to run “as is” until 2016 but they also say the public isn’t at risk.
Both plants are the same design as reactors at Fukushima Daiichi and about the same age.
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