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Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Benjamin Plotzker, a University of Vermont undergraduate researcher in the Environmental Program, thought that readers of this blog would be interested in learning about a book highlighting a state legislature’s rights and the future of energy in the continental United States.

In 2010, Vermont legislators voted to shutter a nuclear power plant, putting the state at odds with the federal government and the plant’s owner—the Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation.  Public Meltdown explores the debate that roiled Vermont, including the lawsuits and court action that followed.

In rich, well-researched detail, Dr. Watts tells a story that spotlights the role of state governments, citizens and activists in decisions about the nation’s aging nuclear power fleet.  A story that continues today as both Entergy, the nation’s second largest nuclear operator, and the state of Vermont have appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

The book details a series of missteps by the Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation which owns Vermont Yankee, from inadequate follow-up after one of the plant’s cooling towers collapsed to misleading statements to state regulators about tritium leaks from underground pipes.

Book can be found on Amazon. Look up Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, written by Richard Watts.

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