federal review panel says Entergy Vermont Yankee should not be allowed to operate
after 2012 unless it conducts a more detailed analysis of aging metal
decision marks the first time that the three-judge panel has ruled against a
company’s application for a license extension. But
Yankee says it’s already doing the studies that the panel has called for.
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission faced some tough questioning from a
panel of judges weighing a citizen group’s challenge to the proposed
relicensing of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
For nearly 4 decades, Diana
Sidebotham has watched and worried, but also acted. The 75-year old Sidebotham
is the former head of the nuclear watchdog group The New England Coalition, the
only organization currently bringing a legal challenge to the Vermont Yankee
nuclear power plant’s efforts to keep running for another 20 years beyond its
2012 expiration date.
Sidebotham speaks with VPR’s
Mitch Wertlieb about her retirement.