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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.


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.