Movement to Close Valley Nuke Heats Up

In the coming weeks there will be a series of rallies, courtroom actions, and a non-violent civil disobedience training camp. All are intended to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Claire Chang is a spokesperson for

She asked the public to go to court to support 15 women who were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at Vermont Yankee. Their court dates in Brattleboro are coming up soon:

Anti-Nuke Activists Celebrate Brattleboro Court Ruling

On July 18, a federal judge in Brattleboro ruled that the state of Vermont had a better case than Entergy Corporation of Louisiana. Entergy wanted the judge to force Vermont to let Entergy run its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until 2032. Vermont wants the nuke permanently closed by March 2012. “The fight is not over, but we are in a much better position now than we would have been if this decision had gone the other way,” said Vermont attorney general Bill Sorrell.

Valley Nuke March Is July 30

Anti-nuclear activists are asking the public to join them on a march to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on July 30. Marchers can start in Keene or Brattleboro. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

The march on Vermont Yankee is part of a 25 day March for a Nuclear Free World that will begin in Boston and end near Albany, New York. It will make stops at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in eastern Massachusetts, and at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in eastern New Hampshire.

15 Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest

Fifteen women were arrested June 30 for non-violent civil disobedience outside the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

June 24 Street Rally Starts at Entergy v. Shumlin

Activists are asking the public to join them at a rally on June 24 from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. outside the federal court in Brattleboro where the trial of Entergy v. Shumlin will be held on June 23 and June 24 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Peter Shumlin is governor of Vermont. Entergy is the Louisiana corporation that owns the problem plagued Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Photo: Activists Hang Anti-Nuke Banner on I-91 Near Brattleboro

This photo was taken on June 7. It shows an anti-nuclear banner that was hung from a bridge over Interstate 91 in Putney, Vermont, near Brattleboro. The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. More information on Vermont Yankee, and the movement to close it, is at

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photo by Eesha Williams

Locals Extinguish Proposed Incinerator

The Springfield city council voted 10 – 2 to snuff out a proposed corporate incinerator May 23. The vote came after a four-hour-long public hearing before the city council on May 17. At the hearing, locals blasted the incinerator plan. Stop Toxic Incineration in Springfield (STIP), an all-volunteer group, fought the proposal for several years.

“I’m proud of the city council for putting public health ahead of the threat of being sued by the developer,” said STIP spokeswoman Michaelann Bewsee.

Activists Blast Planned Polluting Factory Near Keene

On May 9, a group of activists attended a public hearing in Winchester, New Hampshire, near Keene, to try to stop a proposed asphalt factory in Winchester. Asphalt is made of fossil fuels. It’s used to make roads and parking lots for cars and trucks. Cars and trucks cause global warming, acid rain, lung cancer, obesity, and some 40,000 deaths in traffic accidents every year in the U.S. Alternatives include walking, riding a bicycle, and trains and busses. Trains and busses are far more energy efficient – and much safer -- than cars and trucks for moving people and freight.

Like a Leech, Wal-Mart Returns to Greenfield

Wal-Mart wants to build a massive new store and parking lot, destroying open space in Greenfield. The town Planning Board will hold a meeting about Wal-Mart's scheme on May 5. “Please save the date, and encourage your friends to come and show their opposition to this environmentally and economically valueless plan,” said Greenfield resident Al Norman.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at 114 Main Street.

In Greenfield, Wal-Mart lost a vote by the people 18 years ago. The company wanted to build in town; it was rejected by a vote of the people.

2,000 at Rally Say 'Healthcare Is a Human Right'

In what could be a model for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the nation, Vermont is poised to enact single-payer health care. On May 1, more than 2,000 people, including a large contingent from Brattleboro, marched on the Vermont statehouse.

The march was part of a movement that has earned the support of Vermont governor Peter Shumlin, and the state legislature. Shumlin lives in Putney, near Brattleboro. The insurance industry is working to kill the movement's momentum in the legislature.