Dozens Arrested during Demonstration against Vermont Yankee

Mar 23, 2012

BRATTLEBORO, VT (WAMC) - Dozens of protesters were arrested in Brattleboro for trespassing on Entergy property during a demonstration against the continue operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports...

Seven others were arrested after entering the headquarters of the plant's owner, Entergy Corp., in New Orleans.

Thursday marked the first day of the plant's operation after its initial 40-year operating license expired a day earlier. 

More than 800 protesters marched to the plant's Brattleboro headquarters on Thursday. 

In a statement, Vermont Yankee said the company respects the rights of opponents to peacefully protest. But it says the company's employees will not be distracted from their jobs. 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a federal 20-year license extension, but the state of Vermont wants the plant to close. 

Pat Bradley, WAMC News. 

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