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Until VY is decommissioned, Vernon’s economic opportunities remain out of reach

Many thanks to Adam Grinold and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) for their support of the NorthStar project to decommission Vermont Yankee.

Grinold’s op-ed raises some excellent points about the importance of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity regarding the redevelopment of the site within the next decade.

The Vermont Yankee site has great potential to help rebuild Vernon’s economic foundation. The site could house another energy provider, a data center or other job-creating businesses. But until VY is decommissioned, my town’s economic opportunities remain out of reach.

Our generation has an obligation to restore Vernon’s environmental and economic stability now. Kicking the can 60 years down the road onto the laps of our great grandchildren would be irresponsible and irrational.

On behalf of future generations, I respectfully ask the Public Utilities Commission to vote yes on the Certificate of Public Good for the sale of VY to NorthStar.

Peggy Farabaugh

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Originally published in The Commons issue #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page E3.

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