Wisconsin Nuke Will Close; Vermont Yankee Fight Continues

The last time that a nuclear power plant was ordered and built in the United States was in 1973. There are now 65 nuclear power plants in the nation. Soon, there will be 64. On October 22, the owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Carlton, Wisconsin said it will permanently close the plant next year.

Photos: Kayak, Canoe Protest at Valley Nuke

These photos show protesters on the Connecticut river near the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor on September 15. The sign in the first photo says, "Shut VY down." The sign in the third photo says, "No place for nuke waste." To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click, "See full size image."

The protest was organized by www.SAGEalliance.net and www.NukeBusters.org. photos by Eesha Williams

Civil Disobedience at Valley Nuke Set for Sept. 23

Activists are planning non-violent civil disobedience at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on September 23. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. The event is being organized by a religious group, the Quakers www.burlingtonquakers.org. “Anyone is welcome to join us as long as they accept that this event will have a spiritual focus,” Elinor Yahm told the Valley Post. She is one of the organizers of the event. “We want people to contact us in advance if they want to participate,” Yahm said.

Nine Women Arrested at Valley Nuke

Nine women were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant July 31. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. It's owned by Entergy corporation of Louisiana. At Vermont Yankee, a major accident or act of sabotage would kill thousands of people and leave an area the size of the Valley uninhabitable. Such a disaster is so likely that no insurance company will insure the facility; taxpayers would pay the costs of a meltdown.

Valley Nuke Foes to Use Kayaks

On September 8, activists in kayaks and canoes will protest near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is on the Connecticut river. The public is invited to join the protest. The event is being organized by the same group that organized a protest against Vermont Yankee in Brattleboro in March that drew 1,500 people, 137 of whom were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. The group’s web site is www.SAGEalliance.net. More information is available by calling Deb Katz of www.NukeBusters.org at (413) 339-5781.

Private Prison May Be Built in NH Near Brattleboro

A private corporation in Tennessee wants to erect a prison in Hinsdale, New Hampshire that would lock about 1,600 people in cages. Hinsdale borders Brattleboro and the Massachusetts town of Northfield. The company, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and other private prison corporations, lobby for harsher drug laws so more people will be sent to prison for possession of marijuana, prostitution, and other “crimes.”

Civil Disobedience at Valley Nuke Set For July 1

Anti-nuclear activists are planning to risk arrest for non-violent civil disobedience at the entrance to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor on July 1. They are asking the public to join them. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. It is owned by Entergy corporation of Louisiana.

Northampton Grocery Workers Form Union

Workers at the food co-op in Northampton organized a union. The 85 workers at River Valley Market organized in February. The Valley Post is the first news outlet to cover the workers’ victory, said Gabriel Quaglia. He's a cook at the co-op. He prepares food for the store’s café and take-out and catering departments. “It wasn’t hard to get our co-workers to organize,” Quaglia told the Post. He is one of seven workers who will soon negotiate the workers’ first union contract.

War Vehicle Will Cost Keene Taxpayers

The federal Homeland Security department effectively gave the Keene police department an armored vehicle when the city council voted last year to accept a grant for the “Bearcat” vehicle. But the Bearcat will cost city taxpayers money.

A photo of the tank-like vehicle is at:

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The Keene City Council voted on December 15, 2011 to accept a $285,933 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a Bearcat G3, an armored security vehicle designed and manufactured by LENCO industries.

137 Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest; 1,500 March

On March 22 in Brattleboro, 137 people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. They were arrested at the office of Entergy Corporation, which owns the reactor. About 1,500 people marched about three miles from downtown Brattleboro to Entergy's office, where they heard live music and saw street theater.