The pending closure of Vermont’s only nuclear plant will hurt the local economy, but it could catalyze sustainable economic development
Photo Credit: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The big energy news in my part of the world this past week has been the pending closure of Vermont’s only nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee, in Vernon, about six miles south of Brattleboro. The closure is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014, at the end of the current fuel cycle.
For a lot of my friends, this was news that they had been hoping for for many years and a cause for celebration. I share with these individuals concerns about nuclear power, especially a fear that nuclear power plants could be targets for terrorist actions. So I feel some relief that after another year or so there won’t be new radioactive material generated ten miles from my house—though the high-level radioactive waste that’s stored onsite could remain there for decades.
But for me it’s a more complicated issue.