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Immigrants & K-12 - Brattleboro, VT

This is basic humanitarianism that will not challenge the provision for citizens. Illegal immigration is not the mass scourge it is made out to be by rightwing fearmongers.  (Dec 31, 2011 | post #3)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY closed to fix leak

So, from the anti-nuclear "experts ", we have two wrong calls. Shadis was wrong about the nature of the problem that caused the leak, and Lochbaum was wrong about age being a factor in the failure of the four-year-old transformer. Yet they are still quoted at length in this article, even after subsequent information has shown them to be wrong. Why is that? In order to make a story out of a non-event, perhaps?  (Nov 9, 2010 | post #1)

Brattleboro Reformer

Marek, Gulack disagree on VY

In your case Mike, we already know it's a trick. Thanks for your attempted labelling. Now back to the issues.  (Oct 29, 2010 | post #5)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY still lobbies for new license

Sorry Mike, the responsibility for stopping VY lies with the legislature. The property taxes fall drastically and the income taxes stop completely the day that VY finishes operating, so any money the state and coucils want to spend is going to have to come from other pockets. And the chance of getting other long-term business setting up in Vermont drops dramatically too, when they look at the intransigent way the state has behaved towards this enterprise. The persecution and differential treatment of this plant has been shameful to any neutral observer. I'd hope that Entergy or whoever the owners are next year can find some resolution within the federal regulators to push through a reality-based assessment rather than the hysteria from the likes of Shumlin. The very least that the legislature owes VY is a re-vote based on their own report they didn't want to wait for last time - because it cuts the legs off Shumlin's lies.  (Oct 4, 2010 | post #22)

Brattleboro Reformer

NRC: VY operating safely

The anti-nuclear forces have put themselves in precisely the position where they are unable to reconnect with reality. There is literally nothing that can convince them that Vermont Yankee is safe. Their instinctive response would be immediate denial of this possibility - but perhaps there are those who are willing to consider this problem more deeply. As things stand, Yankee has operated without injury and with high reliability for a number of years. The only evidence that it is genuinely unsafe is the pronouncements of anti-nuclear groups, which includes rubbishing any statement the NRC makes (and of course associating imaginary dangers with harmless events). Now these groups are not going to stop attacking Yankee. So how will their supporters ever know objectively if Yankee starts (or continues) to operate safely? They are cut off unless and until the anti-nuclear groups (and public figures) they support somehow manage to stray into making obviously and outrageously false statements which shake the belief of the followers - or at any rate some of them. A sad political situation for a piece of infrastructure that (if efficiency means anything) should be used to produce electricity for many more years.  (Sep 6, 2010 | post #22)

Brattleboro Reformer

Gundersens, state agencies, Entergy clash over VY

I fail to understand why anyone thinks it is wrong for Entergy to complain about Gundersen's remarks, if that is how they feel about them. In fact I would defend anyone's right to complain directly about detrimental remarks that have been entered about them into government records. I'd defend Arnie Gundersen's right to do that too, but not what he is doing here, which is fabricating controversy. As for the fiction being carefully maintained by Gundersen about the source of the e-mails, I will await Bob Audette's report on any variation from the obvious conclusion that I draw above. I notice that Gundersen himself is extremely careful to avoid identifying which group the e-mails came from. Over to you Bob.  (Aug 19, 2010 | post #98)

Nuclear Energy

NRC turns down petition to lower peak temperature at Verm...

Really, David Christman, the issue is much simpler. The fuel temperature is general to all nuclear fuel in the US and the NRC cannot impose different conditions on one reactor simply because there has been an intensive campaign mounted against it. NSD: if you are really that concerned that reading the NRC website is going to make you a target of assassination attempts, you have basically lost all faith that the government is anything other than a force for evil, and I suggest you may need to move to a different country for your own peace of mind.  (Aug 14, 2010 | post #3)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY critic pushes for cooler fuel rod temps

northstardust, thanks for the attempt, although I did actually find that site already :-) - the recent complaint is not visible there. I'm guessing NEC just sent out a briefing note to their journalist friends but didn't make it publicly available.  (Jun 11, 2010 | post #19)

Brattleboro Reformer

Group calls for Yankee to close

What could replace Vermont Yankee? Perhaps some of these nice gas plants that CLF help to build? http://www.clfvent ures.org/practice_ aes.htm Of course they might kill people, but we don't talk about that. http://articles.co urant.com/2010-02- 19/news/hc-sixth-d eath0220.artfeb19_ 1_natural-gas-gas- meter-power-plant  (Jun 11, 2010 | post #14)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY critic pushes for cooler fuel rod temps

Does anyone have a link to the NEC press release, or the details of their petition to the NRC? Without more detail it just looks like another episode of barratry, trying to drag VY down in endless red tape. The reactor core temperature and the effects of a design-basis loss-of-coolant accident would have been reviewed and approved by professional nuclear engineers when VY got its power uprate a few years ago, so I very much doubt that NEC has any grounds for complaint, but I'd be interested to see the complaint anyway. I see two gas pipeline explosions (both in Texas) got minimal press coverage. That's part of the whole picture though, when you think about how to generate electricity.  (Jun 9, 2010 | post #5)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY decommissioning fund at all-time high

Congratulatons, Bob Audettee, on writing a little piece on VY that doesn't include the usual parade of anti-nuclear lobbyists. It can be done. northstardust, are you saying that the decommissioning fund shouldn't be invested in the stock market?  (May 14, 2010 | post #8)

Brattleboro Reformer

Former NRC commissioner says no to loan guarantees

Long-term infrastructure investment of any kind is wide open to government policy changes which can nullify the investment. Nuclear power especially, on past history. So of course the presence of the government as a loan guarantor - even though they are being paid for it - reduces the risk to the lender and allows a lower cost of capital to the constructor/operat or of a nuclear power plant. Bradford is in error when he claims that this loan guarantee scheme diverts money from elsewhere. That is simply nonsense, and his analysis of efficiency gains is also woefully lacking. Efficiency is desirable of course but it will not supply the grid with the basic amounts it needs, and it becomes much more expensive after a few easy fixes are complete. Well before it can reduce consumption by 20%, efficiency becomes more expensive than other options - including nuclear power. If Bradford is so deluded that he thinks the challenges of climate change and oil depletion will be finished within ten years, he is not worth reporting on. I'm glad to see that Mike agrees with me that a simplistic market approach will not give the best results for us and future generations. Government needs to set the boundaries and encourage its policy choices to avoid being in thrall to short-term corporate thinking.  (May 5, 2010 | post #22)

Brattleboro Reformer

Coalition questions NRC oversight of VY

Nancy, I support nuclear power from my own personal conviction that it is a vital component of post-hydrocarbon power for the world - one that our children, which I care about too, will need to continue to enjoy an advanced civilization. I watch events at Vermont Yankee with fascinated horror as a generating plant that performs to all standards is dragged down by fearmongering and hysteria. There is much talk of "efficiency " as a response to future electrical requirements, but when it comes to nuclear power, and the efficient option of continuing to use the infrastructure we already have, the message seems to suddenly fade. And I don't have any desire (or indeed ability) to restrict the flow of information - but I don't see the point of a "news article" that says nothing about anything but allows space for the fearmongers to continue their work of deceiving people like you.  (May 4, 2010 | post #11)

Brattleboro Reformer

Report: Leaks may affect VY's reliability

Read the article and you'll find that Vermont Yankee is doing a pretty capable job, in fact. Reliability is good currently and likely to remain so, with a few areas to pay attention to. The long-term public good requires long-term infrastructure, reliability electricity supply and wealth-generating businesses - all of which VY scores high on.  (May 3, 2010 | post #27)

Brattleboro Reformer

Coalition questions NRC oversight of VY

Is it possible that we will actually stick to real news on VY? Or will we just get a series of before-during-afte r aricles about NEC jumping through bureaucratic and litigious hoops and complaining when their anti-nuclear fantasies are not acted on? Cmon Bob. You can do better than this. This is only just better than the stupid "typo" article the other day.  (May 3, 2010 | post #5)