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Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

"She said she believes her own sister-in-law contracted cancer as a result of the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979."

I believe that more people are going to get sick and die early as a result of increased burning of fossil fuels when this plant closes down.

Posted by John Hughes on 12/14/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Certainly a brighter future than the one facing Chernobyl or Fukushima !

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Posted by Lionel Delevingne on 12/14/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Back in the 1980's I spent many hours at Vermont Yankee performing inspection of various repairs and maintenance to the ECCS (emergency core cooling system) and feedwater platforms. I am proud to have contributed to the safe operation of the plant for all these many subsequent years and hope the wonderful people of Vermont and especially the Vernon and Brattleboro areas can withstand the closure and maintain a reasonable standard of living without too much difficulty.
Jeff Jump
Wolcott CT

Posted by Jeffrey Jump on 12/14/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Great argument. Just cause you write it in all caps doesn't make it true:)

Posted by Michael Benoit on 12/13/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Darin Gillies’s comment errs on three points:

1) “its very cheap power.” It may be “very” cheap, but it’s not cheap enough, which is why the plant is closing, as its owners have clearly stated.

Today’s Brattleboro Reformer features an op-ed from a nuclear power supporter who writes: “I’d note that the decisions now being made on nuclear closures are being made on economic grounds, not any of the controversies that have attended nuclear over the years. Current and temporary market conditions are dictating environmental and energy policy.”

It’s really quite simple: VY power costs more to produce than the price at which the power is sold. That’s why the plant is closing.

2) “I love how there is no plan to replace the base power we are about to loose.” Vermont’s utilities replaced the power from VY years ago when they saw that their contracts were about to expire and that negotiations were not going anywhere. Vermont has been buying its power from other sources since March, 2012. And in fact, Vermont power prices have declined (slightly) as a result.

3) “it doesn't ruin mountain tops, kill birds and bats nor does it spoil green filed agricultural land like solar.” Putting to one side the dubious claims about wind and solar, nuclear power DOES “ruin” the lands on which uranium is mined and where the tailings are placed, as well as in the environs of fuel enrichment plants. It also injures and kills workers involved in these processes. In addition, the areas dedicated to storage of nuclear waste are ruined for millennia, if not forever. All this is under “business as usual” operating conditions.

In the event of accidents – like Fukushima and Chernobyl – the damage is worse, MUCH worse. These events are still having impacts thousands of miles away, as well as far more serious impacts close to the plants themselves.

Posted by JohnGreenberg on 12/13/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

its very cheap power. It's base load power that can't be replaced with solar or wind. Plus it doesn't ruin mountain tops, kill birds and bats nor does it spoil green filed agricultural land like solar. We should just build a new one in the same site with new technology. I love how there is no plan to replace the base power we are about to loose,

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Posted by Darin Gillies on 12/12/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Excellent, excellent piece: Good example of what "alt weeklies" (is that still a phrase?) can do.

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Posted by DW Brooks on 12/12/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

fantastic writing. they all get gold stars!

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Posted by Tom A. on 12/11/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

IT IS NOT CHEAP POWER

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Posted by leaterhune on 12/10/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Vermonters Rally Against Antiobiotic Overuse on Farms

Kathryn, thank you for a well crafted story. Below I have attached another stticle from Salon which places the super bacteria strains iissue at a "safe" distance in India. however, the 6billion animals raised and slaughtered yearly in the US are breeding grounds for antibiotic resistant bacteria. everything they touch makes contact with soil and water further spreading the resistant strains. when you buy factory farmed, grain fed meat, fish or eggs, you put yourself at risk. furthermore you put everyone at risk.
http://www.salon.com/2014/12/05/the_post_antibiotic_future_is_here_chilling_report_highlights_the_reality_of_a_global_crisis/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Posted by Elizabeth Parker on 12/05/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Vermonters Rally Against Antiobiotic Overuse on Farms

Sub-therapeutic antibiotic use is controversial and it should be examined, but there are a number of misconceptions here. They are not given to prevent illness or (often mentioned but not in this article) to mitigate "unsanitary living conditions". They are sub-therapeutic; that means that they are used at a level too low to treat or prevent disease. They are used to make animals grow faster or to increase the efficiency of converting feed to growth. The author then goes on to describe the problem of animals in Vermont and elsewhere going to slaughter with antibiotic residues; a significant issue but unrelated to sub-therapeutic use. Feeding sub-therapeutic antibiotics is already illegal in dairy animals so this is not an issue for our dairy farms. I can assure you, animals in the green mountain state are not raised "pumped full of chemicals". Antibiotics are valuable for treating disease and reducing suffering in sick livestock just as they are for dogs, cats and people. Please don't paint them with a broad brush and tie the hands of responsible farmers and veterinarians. See also:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/asia/superbugs-kill-indias-babies-and-pose-an-overseas-threat.html?hpw&rref=health&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

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Posted by Joeklop on 12/04/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Shelburne Farms Experiments with "Biochar" to Clean Water and Revitalize Soil

i made some biochar last spring. I am planning on making more this winter,. L am looking for a market to sell can you help me

Posted by Merritt Royce Earle on 11/29/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Climate Gathering in Middlebury Preps Activists for March

Factory farming is the culprit.
This is a solution:
We should eat more meat, as long as it`s pasture raised. Pastured animals, Including chickens, sequester carbon in the topsoil.
The country side should be dotted with farm animals on the land, instead of more houses. The more demand on pasture raised meat the more likely the land will be used for AG.

Think for yourself, instead of regurgitating proggresive (agenda bloated) PC talking points

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Posted by Kevin Goslant on 09/18/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Climate Gathering in Middlebury Preps Activists for March

This Changes Nothing. Why the People’s Climate March Guarantees Climate Catastrophe

September 15, 2014

By Cory Morningstar
The Wrong Kind of Green

As the following information will demonstrate, The People’s Climate March and supporting discourse is about protecting capitalism, not protecting the world’s most vulnerable people from climate change.

The People’s Climate March in New York City is a mobilization campaign created by Avaaz and 350.org, with 350.org at the forefront.

The oligarchs do not bankroll such a mobilization (via millions of dollars funnelled through foundations) without reason.

There is an agenda. The information that follows makes the agenda very clear and the only thing green about it is the colour of money. The term “green”, in reference to environment is, officially dead.

Avaaz and GetUp co-founders Jeremy Heimans (CEO) and David Madden are also founders of the New York consulting firm, Purpose Inc. Avaaz co-founder James Slezak is also identified as a co-founder and CEO of Purpose at its inception in 2009.

From October 2011–October 2012 the“Managing Director of Partnerships” for Purpose was Marilia Bezerra. From 2006 to 2011 Bezerra held an integral position within the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) executive leadership. [1]

The secret behind the success of both Avaaz and Purpose is their reliance upon and expertise in behavioural change. While the behavioural change tactics used by Avaaz are on public display, double-breasted, for-profit Purpose, with its non-profit arm, sells their expertise behind the scenes to further the interest of hegemony and capital. Whether it be a glossy campaign to help facilitate yet another illegal “humanitarian intervention” led by aggressive U.S. militarism (an oxymoron if there ever was one), or the creation of a new global “green” economy, Purpose is the consulting firm that the wolves of Wall Street and oligarchs alike depend upon to make it happen.

Kevin Goslant

Posted by Kevin Goslant on 09/18/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Opponents Say They Were Sandbagged by a Proposed Gravel Pit Hearing in Middlebury

it really shouldn't matter what the neighbors say about it...this is not a democracy it's a REPUBLIC!!!! all men have the right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness...if this family wants to seek there fortune and lease the land then so be it...if you don't like it..pay them what they stand to make in the 30 year bid. Remember NOTHING IS FOREVER...landscapes change ....get over it ..if you don't like it move that is an option. majority does not rule in this matter....stand in the way of a man making money legally...

Posted by Michael Simonds on 09/17/2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Climate Gathering in Middlebury Preps Activists for March

This should be our first step in the Climate March!
http://meatonomics.com/

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

If Al Gore can do it, you can too! I did it 26 years ago and consider it one of the best decisions of my life.
Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

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Posted by Jim Corcoran on 09/17/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Williston Gun Club Dispute Heads to Environmental Court

The Boutins are 100% correct in all their assumptions and I applaud their efforts to keep our waters clean and safe. This is not about removing the gun club this is about making sure that they stop polluting the water and surrounding land. I am more appalled by the remarks made by Mr. Belliveau. His excuses are pathetic and very troubling. It seems that the gun club and the town want the easy way out of a situation that from the start was not handled properly and is doing more harm than good.

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Posted by Pat Koolen on 09/04/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Williston Gun Club Dispute Heads to Environmental Court

I would like to clarify that while we were concerned that the matter took so long to resolve; but, we are very happy that the Williston DRB saw what was clearly going on at the NCSC site and ruled on that basis. By trucking in probably thousands of loads containing "non-conforming" items in the fill; the NCSC has essentially created a "construction and demolition" landfill in an already environmentally challenged area. This "non-conforming fill is deposited in a "Wellhead Protection Area" that is supposed to help purify the water for hundreds of homes in our area; and also contains the headwaters to Sucker Brook. A brook whose flow travels into Muddy Brook, the Winooski River and ends up in Lake Champlain. The lead, and now possibly several additional toxins, must be stopped from migrating off the NCSC site.

Leo & Mona Boutin

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Posted by Mona Boutin on 09/03/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “A Fish Story: The Battle to Remove Swanton Dam

I'm sorry but you all need to have the hydrology evaluated before making any kind of recommendations on what dams should or shouldn't be saved or removed. The fishery was established well before the dam was built and will continue long after the dam fails or is removed. If the municipality really believes the fate of the community is within retaining the dam, every effort can be made at this point in time to achieve both goals. we have the technology to get hydropower and protect the fish. The city/community should make an investment in both. If you want an unbiased second opinion contact www.biohabitats.com in Montpelier 802.223.3800

Posted by Bryon Salladin on 08/31/2014 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Public Water Systems Watch for Toxic Algae in Lake Champlain

Something not mentioned here in this article is the proposed fracked gas pipeline project that terminates in Ticonderoga NY at the International Paper plant. Hydro-geologists have confirmed that the trench the pipeline is installed in becomes a "preferential corridor" for water (and contaminants) to travel because the soil will be less compact than the undisturbed soil, despite the "best mitigation practices" that are used during construction. So here will be a new mainline for the phosphorous to find it's way to the lake. The impact on runoff from such a project has not been studied. Why wait to see if there will be a problem until after the problem exists? Yeah, I know...money, that's why.

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 08/18/2014 at 3:39 PM

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