November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
Read and hear about Tooth Fairy Project
(Baby Teeth Needed to Assess Strontium 90 Levels around Vernon Reactor.)
Yankee power boost unsafe, unwarranted
From Rutland (VT) Herald, January 26,2005
By Philip Huff, former Governor of Vermont
Thirty-two years ago, when I was governor of Vermont, many of my fellow residents and I were apprehensive about the construction and licensing of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. I suspected that the nuclear industry's promise of "electricity too cheap to meter" was a false one, and I had concerns about the potential cost to our public health, our environment, and our economy.
I had advocated instead for less dangerous, sustainable electricity sources. At the time we had negotiated for long-term contracts for abundant and low-cost hydropower from Churchill Falls in Canada at a mere 0.4 cents per kilowatt hour. By a single vote in the Legislature, however, that plan was turned down, and we ended up with Vermont Yankee instead.
The state of Vermont and safe energy advocates — none among them more effective than the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution — took our concerns to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), which at the time was charged by Congress with the conflicting roles of both regulating and promoting nuclear energy. But in the fevered rush to deploy the first generation of large-scale, commercial nuclear reactors, the AEC brushed aside all public concerns.
Today, as the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee reactor approaches the end of its design life, the successor of the AEC, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), appears determined to approve a proposed power boost, one that would literally supercharge the aging reactor to 120 percent of its present power limits. As our state Department of Public Service recently testified, this surplus power is not needed either in Vermont or in New England.
It is clear that Vermont Yankee's multinational owners, blinded by the pursuit of profits, cannot understand our love and sense of stewardship for this land nor the value we place on life and community in our secure New England villages and towns. And it is apparent that, when the smoke clears, NRC will once again have allowed the role of promoter to trammel that of regulator.
After three decades, the danger of a devastating accident is greater than ever and no advance in the technology has eased the moral or environmental burden of nuclear waste.
After three decades, it is once again time for New Englanders to come together to oppose this unwarranted building of a new reactor within the outdated shell of the old. It is time to work together to immediately secure safe energy resources and to lay plans for a sustainable energy future. It is time to build a wholesome energy legacy.
Philip Hoff served as governor of Vermont from 1962 to 1968. He currently practices law in Burlington.
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