Massachusetts nuke workers question Vermont Yankee operation

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Vermont Public Interest Research Group says workers at a Massachusetts nuclear plant don’t want to be associated with the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant because of concerns about how it is run.

Meanwhile, the Douglas administration has joined the state’s congressional delegation in calling for an independent safety assessment of the Vernon reactor.

VPIRG says the union representing workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Plymouth, Mass., has asked to participate in Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings about whether Entergy Nuclear should be allowed to transfer ownership of the plant and five others, including Vermont Yankee, to a new company.

Attorneys for the union say the proposed transaction could threaten the workers’ career prospects if Pilgrim operations are viewed as similar to Vermont Yankee’s.

An Entergy spokesman says he suspects the complaint is related to upcoming labor negotiations.

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