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After Vermont Yankee, will our water be safe?


Monday, January 22, 2018

I have been following the coverage of the proposed plans for the clean up of the Vermont Yankee site with great interest.

As someone who is looking to move from the suburbs of Boston to a more rural environment, southern Vermont looks very appealing to me. But I am stopped by the thought of living near a nuclear waste dump, and even more so by the idea that they would be hiding radioactive material underground where it could migrate into the water.

I have long thought of moving to the Connecticut River valley, but knowing what I do about Vt. Yankee, it is a concern with the years long leaking of the radioactive materials into the river and the ensuing coverup of that. I garden and I drink tap water and there are no assurances from Entergy or NorthStar regarding the safety of the water supply as they rubble-ize and bury what is there and then store wastes in casks (leaking casks?) along the banks of the river.

Water is our single most-valuable resource, and is increasingly so. Trusting corrupt corporations to certify its safety seems unacceptable. We need only look as far as Bennington to see what happens when improperly disposed of wastes get into the water supply. Entergy faces the same issues on Cape Cod at Pilgrim Nuclear Plant, where the population has been voicing their opposition to the storage of far more spent fuel rods than were originally licensed.

Even if the Vt. Yankee site were to be turned into industrial park, I would not want to report to work there eight hours a day or drink the water from the ground under the current plan as I understand it. These sites have to be cleaned up thoroughly and certified by a third party. The third party will be hard to find, but the Natural Resources Defense Council might be a good one. Trusting industry to police industry leads to lasting harm.

Vermont can lead the way for the decommissioning of all the nuclear plants that are nearing or past their scheduled closings.

Maggie Taylor

Weston