Appeals Court Rules for Vermont Yankee!
In a sixty-page ruling, the federal appeals court upheld the lower court ruling that the state had overstepped its authority in attempting to shut down Vermont Yankee.
Here's a link to the WCAX story on the ruling, which includes a short video. Here's a link to the ruling itself. Here's the AP story by Dave Gram, with some excellent quotes from the ruling.
I have not read the entire ruling, but it apparently affirms the role of the state Public Service Board in approving Vermont Yankee. So comments to the PSB are still VERY useful and important! So send in your comments! Here's the link to the comment form for this docket. http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsandprojects/public-comment?docket=7862
Comments in Favor of a Certificate of Public Good
At a Rally for VY
As far as I can tell, comments will be accepted through the end of the month, but it is best if they are sent by Thursday, August 15. That is TOMORROW. (The PSB schedule is a bit unclear, and comments may be accepted later than tomorrow, but better to be safe than sorry.)
Send your comments by tomorrow night, if you can.
You can submit a comment by clicking here.
How to Get Started
Use your own perspective in your comments. For example, if you are concerned with global warming, you might want to comment about Vermont Yankee's low-carbon electricity. If you are involved in real estate, you could discuss the impacts the closure of the facility would have on property values in the area.
Please share this link with friends and family and encourage them to voice their support as well.
Short Comments are Fine!
Long, thoughtful comments are always very welcome, but one or two sentences in support of the plant are very helpful. You can write a great letter, or you can write a short postcard! We have some inspirational comments below.
Speaking at November PSB hearing
Inspiration from Others
Here are links to three (of many) inspiring comments made to the Public Service Board in favor of the Certificate.
Dianne Amme's excellent short comment: Affordable, Reliable Electricity
Peter Lothes comment on Vermont Yankee versus other sources: Power, Carbon and Costs
Lindsay Rose on economics: Young Workers in Windham County
The Importance of Vermont Yankee
Here are some facts about Vermont Yankee that may be helpful to your writing.
Vermont Yankee is a key component of the area's economy and community. Here are a few reasons why its operation until 2032 is important for the region:
- Vermont Yankee is a valuable employer. It provides more than 600 jobs in the area, and is a key source of clean and affordable electricity for the region.
- Vermont Yankee provides millions of dollars of revenue for state and local government, as well as donating tens of thousands of dollars to local non-profits.
- Vermont Yankee provides both jobs and critical economic activity for the State of Vermont. Closing the plant would undoubtedly cause many young Vermonters to leave the state in search of jobs.
- Vermont Yankee is a clean, low-carbon manufacturer power source and will be a critical element of Vermont's energy future. The plant's ongoing operation can help incorporate new sources of clean and reliable power while stabilizing electric rates.
- Unlike coal and gas plants, Vermont Yankee is a very low-carbon energy source. It also avoids the many types of air pollution (acid gases, particulates) of most other base-load sources of power.
|Dianne Amme speaking|
at November PSB hearing
Just Do It!
Make sure the Public Service Board hears what YOU have to say!