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VY makes 'Dirty Dozen' toxics list
November 29 - Peter Alexander, New England Coalition; Sunny Miller, Traprock Peace Center; Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network and Allisia Raymond, Toxic Action gave a press conference on Toxic Action's naming Entergy Nuclear VY for the 'dirty dozen' award. photo © 2004 Susan Callahan
By CAROLYN LORIé
November 30, 2004
BRATTLEBORO -- Executives at Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee received an award Monday but not one they will be eager to display in the company's lobby.
The nuclear power plant was named one of the "Dirty Dozen" by Toxics Action Center, a New England non-profit that works with communities threatened by toxic pollution.
Vermont Yankee was chosen because of the possibility of increased toxic waste and the security risk posed by the proposed 20 percent power boost.
"It's time for Nils Diaz [commissioner of the NRC] and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to step up to the plate and defend the safety of Vermont residents by rejecting [Vermont Yankee's] proposed power hike," said Alicia Raymond, field organizer with Toxics Action Center.
For the last eight years, the organization has solicited nominations for the biggest public health threats in New England. A selection committee made up of academics, attorneys and activists then chooses those they consider the biggest threats and awards them a framed Dirty Dozen certificate. There were more than 35 nominations this year.
Vermont Yankee was nominated by the nuclear power watchdog group the New England Coalition, which has been a vocal opponent of the proposed uprate.
The certificate was "presented" on Monday afternoon, by representatives from Toxics Action Center, the New England Coalition, Citizens Action Network and Traprock Peace Center. The sparsely attended presentation ceremony was held in the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Main Street.
The award was mailed to Jay Thayer, site vice president of Vermont Yankee, on Monday afternoon.
Rob Williams, spokesman for the nuclear reactor, said the "award" was undeserved.
"Our operation over the years has kept Vermont's air clean, while providing for a third of the state's electricity and it's our responsibility to do our best to safely ensure that the plant's environmental benefits continue," said Williams.
He went to say that as global warming continues, most environmentalists will come out in support of nuclear power.
But environmentalists at Monday's ceremony showed no signs of switching sides.
"This hangs over our heads all the time," said Peter Alexander, executive director of the coalition. "Entergy is all too happy to take the profits out of the state and the region...but the risks are all here."
Other northern New England sites named to the Dirty Dozen included IBM's Essex Junction plant and the Wheelabrator trash incinerator in Claremont, N.H.
For a full listing of the 2004 Dirty Dozen go to http://www.toxicsaction.org . For more information about Entergy Corporation visit http://www.entergy.com
See Citizens Awareness Network and the New England Coalition.
Mailing the award to E.N.V.Y. photo © 2004 Susan Callahan
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