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Alice Scheffey: Vermont Yankee nuclear plant must be closed

To the editor:

The Walk for a New Spring, initiated by the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, arrived April 3 in Washington, D.C. Participants walked to the White House to speak about their journey at ceremonies honoring John F. and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, leaders who 50 years ago gave their voices and lives to the cause of a just and peaceful world.

The walk began Feb. 14 and proceeded through winter weather to cities and towns on the East Coast where nuclear facilities are located, from the Vermont Yankee plant to the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the lower Hudson Valley, to the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Toms River, N.J., and on through Maryland to Washington, D.C.

As in past years, the walk was joined along the way by citizens wishing to stand against exploitation and poisoning of the Earth and the people by toxic wastes and the tyranny of harsh materialism. The walkers were accompanied this year by Defenders of the Black Hills of the Ogala Sioux Tribe, whose health and tribal lands in South Dakota are being destroyed by companies engaged in open pit uranium mining.

We can support this walk and the on-going effort to close the Vernon, Vt., plant in whose evacuation zone we live. Legal actions are under way against Entergy, the out-of-state owners, but letters are still needed to the Vermont Public Service Board to support the closure and to stop the plant’s pollution of the Connecticut River by the dumping of millions of gallons of waste water, some at 105 degrees.

The Public Service Board can deny Entergy a Certificate of Public Good and help move the case into the Vermont courts and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court.

Write to the clerk of the board, Vermont Public Service Board, 12 State St., Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2701.

Tell them to close Vermont Yankee. They need to hear over and over again that this nuclear plant must be closed.

Alice Scheffey


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