Environment News Service

AmeriScan: August 26, 1999

PROTESTERS CALL FOR SHUTDOWN OF VERMONT NUCLEAR PLANT

Nuclear protesters from across the Northeast converged on the Vermont Yankee atomic reactor in Vernon, Vermont today for a nonviolent protest to demand the shutdown of the reactor. The demonstration included a New Orleans style "funeral" for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation and all Northeast nuclear stations. Participants blockaded the gates of the site to protest the continued operation of the reactor, which they call dangerous and uneconomical. "This protest is not aimed at the Vernon community, the workers at Vermont Yankee, nor the police," said Deb Katz, executive director of Citizens Awareness Network (CAN). "Rather it is directed at the large corporations that create nuclear waste for which there is no environmentally safe or just solution; corporations that practice environmental racism by dumping their waste in poor, rural, people of color communities and sacrifice worker and public health and safety to the profits of the corporation and its shareholders. There are better ways to boil water in the 21st Century." The demonstration is part of the Nuclear Free Northeast Campaign, a joint effort of CAN, the Ruckus Society and the Washington, D.C. based Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). The Campaign is winding up a week of workshops, organizational development sessions, and nonviolence training at an action camp in Dummerston, Vermont that began on August 20.

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