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The Vermont Yankee Debate Heats Up!

The nuclear power plant on the banks of the Connecticut River has been touted as a renewable energy source and criticized for its safety record. In recent months, both supporters and opponents have been turning out in force to debate the plant’s economic, environmental, and safety impacts, as legal battles continue in both federal and state arenas.

Guests

John Dillon - Reporter for Vermont Public Radio.

Raymond Shadis - Senior Technical Adviser for the New England Coalition, a group of citizens and scientists concerned about the safety, suitability, and environmental effects of our nuclear power program. The group opposes Vermont Yankee’s bid to continue operating.

Howard Shaffer - Coordinator of the American Nuclear Society's Grassroots Project", which advocates for nuclear science. He is a retired nuclear engineer who worked at nuclear power plants, including Seabrook, Vermont Yankee, and Maine Yankee. He now works as a consultant, in addition to his advocacy work on behalf of nuclear energy.

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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