From "Shut Down Vermont Yankee As Scheduled:" About a dozen of us stood in solidarity with Hanford, WA on the same day as their big rally out west. It was the day after about 2,000 folks showed up for a rally here (which is a high number by Vermont standards!) so we were in good spirits and hope the people out in Hanford felt some of that.
And read stories in: The Rutland Herald, Vermont Public Radio and by the Associated Press. Beyond Nuclear's Paul Gunter (pictured left with Ben Chichester) was among the 1,500-1,800 estimated crowd at the April 14 rally on the Brattleboro, VT Commons. A vigil took place on April 15 outside the gates of the Entergy offices, owner of VT Yankee. Speakers at the April 14 rally included VT Governor, Pete Shumlin, VT Senator, Bernie Sanders and VT State Attorney General, William Sorrell. Sanders called out the lapdog Nuclear Regulatory Commission that issued a license extension for the aged reactor just 10 days into the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. "They are not supposed to be an advocate for the expansion of nuclear power," he said of the agency. "They are not supposed to be an ally for the nuclear power industry." Yankee is the same GE Mark I Boiling Water Reactor design as the four reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Shumlin exhorted: "Shut them down, go home, tell the truth" and warned Entergy, that Vermont was "not going to rest until your'e gone." Future actions are planned. Stay tuned!
Entergy is dropping charges against seven activists, including Paul Gunter, who occupied the New Orleans headquarters on March 22, 2012. The group was protesting the nuclear power company’s criminal trespass against the State of Vermont where its reactor, Vermont Yankee, continues to generate hazardous nuclear waste in the State without a permit. The action was in solidarity with a simultaneous rally in Brattleboro, VT of more than a 1,000 protesters, 166 of whom were arrested in front of Entergy’s VT headquarters. An affinity group of five others were arrested at the White Plains, NY regional Entergy office. The New Orleans action can be seen in our 2-minute “silent movie style” film, “The Activist(s)”. Please share and forward widely!
Reports the Associated Press: "The operator of an idled nuclear plant on the California coast announced Thursday that more unusual wear has been found on tubes that carry radioactive water, deepening a mystery involving the design of the plant’s massive steam generators. Southern California Edison, the operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, said in a statement that investigators found wear in its Unit 2 generators that is similar to degradation in its sister, Unit 3, though at a lower level."
Friends of the Earth (FOE) is working hard to keep San Onofre shut down. FOE is running t.v. ads, and has commissioned two reports by nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates in Vermont: the first report warned that the two San Onofre reactors should remain shut down, until Southern California Edison's secretive design changes to prematurely failing steam generator tubes could be further investigated; the second report documents that indeed, design changes are likely behind the dangerous steam generator tube degradation. See FOE's San Onofre website section here.
Michael Leonardi of Occupy Toledo has published an essay in Counterpunch, re-run at Ecowatch, about the resistance to the Fermi nuclear power plant on the Lake Erie shoreline near Monroe, MI. Leonardi links to Beyond Nuclear's involvement in "Freeze Our Fukushimas" efforts to shutdown Fermi 2 (see photo, left), the largest Fukushima Daiichi twin GE Mark I reactor in the world, with around 550 tons of high-level radioactive waste stuck in its storage pool, more than Fukushima Daiichi Units 1 to 4 put together.
Leonardi also mentions the struggle to nip the proposed new "Fermi 3" reactor, a GE-Hitachi "Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor" (ESBWR), in the bud. Beyond Nuclear's website hosts the compiled submissions by the the environmental coalition resisting Fermi 3, submitted in response to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Beyond Nuclear, along with Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter -- represented by Toledo attorney Terry Lodge -- continue to officially intervene against Fermi 3 in the NRC's Atomic Safety (sic) and Licensing Board proceeding.