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Vermont Yankee Cooling Tower Collapses

 

A portion of a cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee reactor collapsed Wednesday, August 22. A broken 52” pipe was photographed spewing water into the ground, in the latest embarrassment for Yankee owner Entergy Corporation, the nation’s second-largest nuclear utility. Meanwhile, a union official at the site, in the midst of a labor dispute with Entergy, said in a press release August 23, “This nuclear industry relies heavily on having each plant do the right thing and not cut corners. There are serious issues of public safety surrounding the Vermont Yankee dispute. We cannot allow one bad corporate apple and corporate greed to create a global risk.”

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution submits emergency petition to NRC, PDF August 27, 2007