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February 25, 2010

VERMONT VOTES TO SHUT DOWN NUCLEAR PLANT

ABC NEWS - A week after Obama announced plans to finance construction of the first new nuclear power plant in decades, lawmakers in Vermont voted today to shutter the aging Vermont Yankee reactor.

"The plant is old and tired. It was designed to be retired in 2012, and that's what we're going to do," Peter Shumlin, president pro tem of the state senate, said Tuesday. The senate voted 26 to 4 not to extend the plant's license.

Shumlin and other Vermont Democrats said they are pushing back against a general softening in the nation's attitudes about nuclear power, a movement that has been fueled in part by the ability of reactors to produce energy without emitting harmful greenhouse gasses.

The state senator said repeated safety scares - including a cooling tower collapse in 2007 and a tritium leak discovered earlier this year - contributed to his decision to push for the plant's closure, along with his belief that the state can find a ready supply of energy from other sources.

"It's pretty tough to convince the environmental community here that a plant leaking tritium and cobalt is providing clean energy," Shumlin said.


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