New England Nuclear Plants Face Renewed Scrutiny

By Will Roseliep


Sept. 27, 2011

An undated file photo shows the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt. (AP)

BOSTON — Nuclear plants in New England have come under increased scrutiny since the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster in Japan earlier this year. The scrutiny comes as the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth and the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon, Vermont look to renew their operating licenses for another 20 years.

But Sandy Levine, a lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation, told WGBH's Callie Crossley that at this point, the region would be fine without nuclear power.

"There is a glut of power in the region now. There are not reliability concerns without Vermont Yankee, and the lights will stay on, and it gives us the opportunity to transition to cleaner forms of energy, such as wind power and solar, which really hold a lot more promise both for our economy and our environment in the decades ahead," Levine said.

Mike Twomey, vice president of External Affairs for Entergy, the company that owns Vermont Yankee and Pilgrim, says the nuclear facilities are important for reducing greenhouse gases and keeping a stable supply of electricity for the New England grid.

The two made their comments yesterday (MONDAY) on WGBH Radio's Callie Crossley Show.

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