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Markowitz Statement on Closed-Door Vermont Yankee Meetings

posted at 10:06 am Wed Mar 31st, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz released the following statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy's plans for closed-door meetings to discuss safety issues at Vermont Yankee:

"One way of demonstrating accountability is conducting public business in public for everyone to see. Entergy has put the safety of Vermonter's at risk as well as the jobs of more than 600 in our community. I have always taken the position that safety comes first and that is why I have strongly opposed the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee.

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy's plans for an out-of-state, closed-door meeting only reaffirms Vermonter's worries about Entergy's intentions. As Secretary of State, I have fought to keep Vermont government open and accountable. This move continues to erode the little faith Vermonters have in an aging nuclear plant and the company that operates it until 2012.

"Almost two months ago, I led with a vision for green energy incubators in Windham county to create a "Green Zone" to jumpstart job growth, retrain workers and help the families affected by the plant's closing. I still await emergency plans from the administration and the legislature to address the impact throughout the state. I have laid out steps I think should be taken but these steps cannot wait until I become governor in January 2011."

Relevant Address(es):
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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