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these 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 true and old coal 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. a crack i mean i'll burn containment building a big baby spacy nuclear reactor could keep that power plant shut down longer than expected 1st energy says it will restart the plant until the crack displaced those who live in the shadow of dyspepsy see any problem can be alarming i don't give it a whole line of thought that once in a while when you hear there's something wrong like that the concern should. be
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 once plus these firefighters nearby for life 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 we're told your brother nuclear power really minor situations. 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 beery piping that's what the sociedad press concluded after a year long investigation. southern
california edison says it will be closing the troubled 7 o 3 nuclear powered by a good landing in the san diego county has been offline for months because of a mechanical recall. that led to trace amounts of radiation being really bad just the latest in a number of environmental problems example 3 of the. vernon
is the host. home. for mine a key. part of being in the town of learning in 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 in pristine lakes.
and we got 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 brand is done. to drink our milk who's going to want to who's going to want to use our syrup who's going to want to come here and drive past that. they. have no. no no no no the threat of my age out has to go right now no yes no no i am not yankees that has to go shut it out shouted out there are not yankees i'm saying we know right now shut. yeah.
there is no source of energy in this world that doesn't have risk associated with it in nuclear it is very very 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 $650.00 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 and what that means in terms of any sort of incident or accident that might happen in that plan 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. 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 will be a complete disaster. people should 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 to be done our area and that's the way i have lived my life i'm francis crowe. and i live in northampton massachusetts i 93 years. and i've been involved in trying to say no to this fighting of the atom and all of the consequences of it since night to in 45 when i heard about hiroshima the rapee.
i am a member of the shut it down authentic group a group of women that came together to shut down. with our batteries and action. it's that hot yes. 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. for my yankee is right now my focus because it's a very dangerous oh no claire power plant and if there is that accident at all by this area at night when you go and and maybe all of 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 from a yankee 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 in 2009 we found 80 problems but if they cleaned up the problems we all signed a report saying reminding 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
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as the u.s. economy was booming growing numbers of people were made homeless. you can work 40 hours 'd in a week and still not have enough to get housing everybody believes america still has the lead up to the reality of it we're not financially equality and the lack of affordable housing for a living minimum wage gave many people no choice. that's been a problem with the city knows turn a return call the stay way almost. requires resources the most vulnerable are abandoned on the streets to become the invisible comes. from on small straw student to soar since the channel 3 move. 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 in sky high nuclear expert arnie gundersen says this is yet another indication the aging player. should close this is either a leak in a pipe or a leak in the tank that pipe connects have 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 radioactive warder contain 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 which is a muscle seeker causes heart disease and it contains 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 through the human all these radioactive isotopes can cause cancer. why is the treaty and really 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 ip you know there are none. i asked for an obscure report i got it and i read and i said oh my god there's a bird in underground pipe you knew when you read that that there was underground 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 statehouse. 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 shook public trust and confidence and we absolutely understand it and then have
maybe i'm. gonna walk 0. 0000. 000 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 happened 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 i really appreciate the opportunity to have democracy our interaction our be 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 vermonter it's not true 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 that we made phone calls would you be able to call them and talk to them about this we wrote norma's them out 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 a match like justice secretary please call the roll to stunt in order to start he had us from the start will see us under fire. from the lifeboats no. there is a series of us are both the ears for the nice 26. 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 with a vote 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 a 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 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 bring in here. where registering young voters to dimensions like i know smaller scale so instead of having a huge nuclear power plant they'll be through really trying to get young people excited about clean energy and for power in different places so it's a very much more local. there is surplus campaign is a student led arena station based out of middlebury college we got together right after the senate voted to close relying because we were wondering what's coming next what are we going to replace the minute you get. the feeling the best way to achieve our goal is to elect a governor who has a really strong plan and. the
the leader of opportunity the reality of we're not financial equality and the lack of affordable housing for a living minimum wage give many people no choice. you know there's been a problem with the city knows turn limits and told me stay away i don't listen. to some stuff concluded that there is no answer because yes that requires resources most vulnerable are abandoned on the streets to become the invisible comes. back stabbers financial survival guide. housing bubble. oh you mean there's a downside to artificial mortgage truth don't get carried away that's cause report .
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