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in the reactor tremendous heat which scientists. really. was so excited about nuclear engineering because i thought it would solve the world's energy crisis this exciting science to realize you've got the power of the sun. reactor mayor so all. when everything works. to refer when making dinners the problem is that everything this work with japan's nuclear nightmare continues a 2nd hydrogen explosion at the fukushima daiichi nuclear complex destroyed the reactor exterior all 3 daiichi reactors have nuclear fuel rods that have been exposed to some degree so they're teetering on the edge of a meltdown. you need to sit.
there. so he. can get you in. a more serious one concerning that situation in japan i'm now joined live from vermont to understand that we're reporting at the moment that that all suggestions that a partial nuclear meltdown is now underway this is not a nuclear chain reaction this is not a nuclear bomb this is the radiation left over after the chain reaction has started sort of sort through interop but you say this is not a nuclear bomb but would not the effects be the same as a nuclear bomb if obviously it does reach meltdown and there is an explosion. the chemicals that are going to be released are similar actually the chemicals released from other the radioactive chemicals released from a nuclear bomb disappear quicker then the radiation that is released in a nuclear power plant all we're looking at an apocalypse this is churned all ball on steroids do you think is definite going to. happen or do you think crisis could
be averted no i don't think crisis can be averted. by crack i mean i'll burn containment building of the davis massey nuclear reactor could keep that power plant shutdown longer than expected 1st energy says it will restart the plants quintile the crack use linux to those who live in the shadow of dyspepsy see any problem can be alarming i don't give a whole lot i thought that once in a while when you hear something wrong like that concerns you. the nuclear regulatory commission is monitoring the situation in indian point nuclear energy center in a condition no one wants to see with black smoke pouring out of these photos were
posted on social media as responders on site ones plus these firefighters nearby were playing went in to find a transformer turning. new york governor andrew cuomo came to see the response up close for himself this was a relatively minor situation but when you're talking about a nuclear power really minor situation. radioactive tritium is leaking from 3 quarters of all u.s. commercial nuclear power sites and a cancer causing material often seeps into groundwater from corroded buried piping and that's what the sociedad press concluded after a year long investigation. southern california edison says it will be closing the troubled 703 nuclear power plant good . to san diego county has been offline for months because of the mechanic. it might
going to. the town of burning this very close knit town. people really care about one another. and we're more than just neighbors it's a great community. when people think of the state of vermont they think of dairy farms. in fields they think of maple trees maple syrup. they think of rivers and pristine lakes. and. a nuclear power plant right on the southern border. for my yankee welcome to romano. if people think
that there is a radioactive problem at this plant in vermont are vermont brandis done. to drink our milk who's going to want to who's going to want to use our sear who's going to want to come here and drive past that. you know oh no oh no my dad has to go right now no yes no no i am not yankees as you know shut it out shout it out there are not yankees i'm saying we know right now shut down shut it down very much yankee town that's in doubt. there is no source of energy in this world that doesn't have risk associated with it in nuclear it is very very loud. so i feel it's
a very safe technology our job is to protect public health and safety and never have an accident that jeopardizes public health or safety so that's with us every day people like me come in here in the 650 men and women that work here that is our focus the safe operation of this plant. i live right across the street from vermont yankee and they've always been a good neighbor i have children that go to the school which is also right across the street from my yankee. you don't move to vernon and live in vernon if you're worried about the point both our girls live in town or 6 grandchildren live in town
in fact my my youngest daughter lives down the road here well as the crow flies it's less than a half mile from the point. where we don't worry about the point of being here. i live 70 miles from the vermont yankee nuclear power plant and what that means in terms of any sort of incident or accident that might happen at plant is that if it was a serious incident most likely i would no longer be able to live in my home the whole area would be contaminated if you look from fukushima. i would lose my home and my community where i've been for the last 30 years of my life and i would have to relocate to some other place it would be a complete disaster. people shouldn't have to live with that sort of
risk. that's not acceptable. i have a passion for justice. there's always a lot of organizing work to be done our area and that's the way i have lived my life i'm frances crow. and i live in northampton massachusetts i 93 years out and i've been involved in trying to say no to the spending of the adam and all of the consequences of it since knight tain 45 when i heard about hiroshima on the radio. i am a member of the shut it down affinity group a group of women that came together to shut down for me with our batteries
and action. is that hot yes ok we meet once a month we have a pot like here my house and wave figure out what we're going to do and then we do it. as for my yankee is right now my focus because it's a very dangerous oh no prayer power plant and if there is that accident at all by this area at night when you go and and maybe all of the new language and uninhabitable for generations. you started to run in 1972 it only had a license to run until 2012 well in 2009 they applied to the nuclear regulatory commission to get another 20 years on their license so they could run it said 2032
the state of vermont asked me to oversee for a minute and see if it was reliable enough to run for true 20 more years so i was chairman of the oversight panel that's looked into vermont yankee and in 2009 we found 80 problems but if they cleaned up the problems we all signed a report saying for a minute he could run for another 20 years there a year later we found out that they were lying to us entergy on a number of occasions including under oath before our public service board. denied the existence of. underground piping carrying radioactive material. was a pandemic no certainly no borders and is blocking 2 nationalities. has
emerged we don't talk with you we don't have the facts in the world to teach to the . chief. judge of. commentary crisis like this this time since. we can do better we should. everyone is contributing each of our own way but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever the challenges create the response has been masked so many good people are helping us. it makes us feel very proud that we are in it together.
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most trusted news source since the channel 3. more trouble for vermont yankee a concrete trench at the plant is unexpectedly filling up with radioactive water radioactive water discovered in a concrete ditch at the nuclear plant contains high levels of tritium the tritium found at the plant is a 100 times the level deemed acceptable by the nuclear regulatory commission the tritium concentrations are sky high nuclear expert arnie gundersen says this is yet another indication the aging play it should close this is either a leak in a pipe or a leak in the tank that pipe connects underground pipes. that vermont yankee originally claimed did not exist until after the 1st leak was discovered gunderson was on the public oversight panel we yankee made false statements as parent company
says it was miscommunication nothing more the radioactive warder contained tritium lots of tritium but it also contained other isotopes he contained strontium 90 which is a bone seeker and causes leukemia because cesium $137.00 which is a muscle seeker causes heart disease they contain cobalt 60 which is a very high energy gamma source then a whole bunch of other isotopes minimal all of those started to work their way into the soil and has definitely entered the connecticut river trivium and all these radioactive isotopes can cause cancer. why is the tritium leak of concern to us ground water down there is being threatened and potentially the river water is being threatened . something needs to be done right now i believe that planners and say.
we have buried corroded pipes that are way beyond their design life this problem is not only for my yankee this problem is countrywide maybe worldwide. we were told crystal clear that there were no buried underground pipes that contain radioactivity how many other plants. do not have undergone you know there are none. i asked for an obscure report i got it and i read it and i said oh my god there's buried in underground pipe you knew when you read that that there was undergo piping yes you ben misstatements have been given yes that's right i was stonewall. what has happened that remind yankee is a breach of trust that cannot be tolerated in order to move forward on whether or not the plan will continue to operate questions need to be answered changes need to
be made and the trust of vermonters must be restored we were now being lied to and lied to under oath on record and in vermont and in vermont and especially in the state house your word is all you got to live by we have a lot of going and to do and we have to rebuild public confidence and trust we're operating a nuclear power plant and people expect that you know it is an industrial facility you are going to have incidents that's just a fact of life. we drilled approximately 23 wells in this area so that we can triangulate and pinpoint the source of the leak by obviously the highest concentration of 28 in water in this particular well we just did not do a good job of presenting information complete and accurate information to the
vermont public service board and that's unacceptable dandruff certainly on an unacceptable to the public and that shock public trust and confidence and we absolutely understand it and then have a tritium leak to groundwater. adds to a lack of confidence we've said numerous times we apologize for that were embarrassed about that. that shouldn't have happened.
in a i'm. gonna walk oh. oh oh oh oh we. were martyrs we're used to all the different seasons you put out some extra clothes it's winter obviously that raise certain challenges but it's not a problem it happen to be january so that's when the walking. i walking because it feels like a powerful way to stand up mass said that it's time to shut the plant down. we're
really excited to be here we're looking forward to meeting with our legislators in a little while and up really appreciate the opportunity to have democracy ally in action are walking through the state. i am speaking on behalf of walkers who today completed a 126 mile 11. a walk. and now i'd like to present you with a petition to the members of the ramada legislature please retire vermont yankee on schedule no later than march of 2012 and a copy to you thank you peter. thank you to the marchers thanks to all of you in this room for coming to the people's house the greatest democracy in america and letting us hear your voices on this important issue i have concluded that it is in the best interests of vermont hurts not sure
a new license separate my yankee and that's how i will vote. there was an intense level of organizing and behalf of the citizen activists. we held public forums. your senators match and our key to that we made phone calls would you be able to call them and talk to them about this we wrote normal amount of letters to the editor and gauge people from all across the state and all across the political spectrum to call for our legislature to vote no on continued operation of vermont yankee beyond march of 2012.
spasmed i just want to wrap up the debate. is it in vermont's best interest to operate vermont yankee beyond its scheduled closing date of 2012. if you don't think that leaking tritium and cobalt into the ground water and the connecticut river and the environment of the state of vermont that every single for mano cherishes and holds dear that i don't know what else you can have as an indicator that reliability is a problem with a nuclear power has a place in the future of energy in america. we can debate that 2 accounts come what
we should not be debating is whether we can extend the life of our e.g. nuclear power plants beyond their design life this is crazy stuff and i felt very strongly that it was the wrong thing to do for math clicked us secretary please call the roll to stunt under the stars he had us into star wars just under fire. from the lifeboats no. there's a series of us are both the ears for the nice $26.00. was the senate voted $26.00 to $4.00 in favor of closing vermont yankee it's really a testament to all of the work that citizens did over the course of several years over the course of decades our voice as the people as as as the people of vermont
is what matters. well you know we were just. pointed out but that surprised again with the incidents that were happening at the plant it was understandable. to nuclear power is a hell of a way to boil water. what really happens inside a nuclear reactor is of uranium out pops and in the process it gives off an enormous amount of heat does boil water make some steam turn to turbine and generator and electricity comes out but what's left behind after you've you have use that electricity or these pieces and these pieces stay radioactive for
a quarter of a 1000000 years. that is toxic poisonous to humans for 250000 years i keep saying that number 250000 years it's ridiculous it's mind boggling i'd be the 1st to acknowledge that is the achilles heel of the nuclear industry nuclear waste. there is no answer to this they keep telling us oh no technology will take care of technology technology is not taking care of it and if you cannot take care of the waste and
you cannot manage the ways then the only responsible thing is to stop producing the ways. and then you. were registering. to dimensions like the no smaller scale so instead of having a huge nuclear power plant now these 3 are really trying to get young people excited about clean energy and power in different places so it's a very much more local. 3 surplus campaign is a student led arena station based out of middlebury college we got together right after the senate voted to close reminding because we were wondering what's coming next what are we going to replace for a minute you may. be feeling the best way to achieve our goal is to elect
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