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Hold NorthStar to previous radiation standards

The writer serves on the board of directors and staff of New England Coalition.

As you know, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is the subject of a proposed sale to NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Company.

As long as the owner has the resources to clean up the site, I do not necessarily care who owns it. What I do care about is a commitment to clean up the site to at least the same standard as the rest of the sites in New England of decommissioned reactors: Connecticut Yankee, Maine Yankee, and Yankee Rowe in Massachusetts.

These sites are allowed a certain amount of radiation — only 4 millirem (mrem) for water pathways and 10 mrem for all others. Here in Vermont, they are proposing 15 mrem for all pathways.

Don’t we deserve the same level of clean-up as the other three Yankee sites?

Lorie Cartwright
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #444 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018). This story appeared on page C1.

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