We CAN Replace Vermont Yankee!!

Citizens Awareness Network - Calendar for May 16

We CAN Replace Vermont Yankee!!


Thanks to all of you for contacting your representative and talking with your friends and neighbors about H 520.

Thank your representative for voting YES on H 520, the Global Warming Bill.

Please send a quick postcard or email to your representative!! http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/districts.cfm?Body=H

H. 520, the global warming bill, passed with strong support in the House (85-61) and Senate (overwhelming voice vote) Without citizen pressure this would not have happened. Now it is important to contact your legislators and thank them for their work.

Governor Douglas will have 5 days, once the bill reaches his desk, to decide to sign this bill and make it law. He has voiced opposition to it on the basis of taxing Vermont Yankee. Letters to the Editor supporting your legislator's yes vote can help. There is a strong possibility that should the Governor veto the bill, the legislature will reconvene for an override vote.

We need to let legislators know how important their vote is and how important this legislations is.

What the bill does:

1. Support renewable energy development at both the commercial and residential scales here in VT (wind, solar, biomass, hydro and farm based energy);

2. Allow Efficiency Vermont to help Vermonters reduce their heating bills, reduce the oil we import from around the world and reduce our global warming pollution;

3. Provide for tax parity between wind power and nuclear power here in state, requiring Vermont Yankee to pay its fair share of taxes;

Here's the list of Representatives who voted YES!! Send them a postcard or email!!


Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Browning of Arlington, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keogh of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin (Cynthia) of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Weston of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester, Zuckerman of Burlington.

Contact information for Representatives : http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/districts.cfm?Body=H

Tell the Governor sign H 520 into law.

Write a letter to the Editor for your local paper! We need them into papers this week and next!

Check the website, www.nukebusters.org, for the action alert. Sample text and more will be posted.

Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance

May 16
5:30 - 8 pm
Cheney Brock & Saudek, 159 State St, Montpelier, VT

* Join a great group of people working on the next October Action!!
* From the center of Montpelier, pass the statehouse, go straight through the light at Bailey Ave, and its the 4th or 5th house on the right. White house, sign in front.
* Bring snacks or potluck finger food.
* After our business meeting, Evan will give an overview of the cooling water discharge case, the mechanics of cooling VY, and the other litigation over water impacts at other plants

call Debra for more info 802-476-3154

Potluck dinner and VYDA reunion with special guest Al Giordano!

May 21, 6:00
Ginny and Cort's house, 305 Guyette Road, East Montpelier 223-3174

(From Montpelier: Rt 14 north, 2.2 miles past Dudleys General Store, turn left onto Hammet Hill Road, top of hill turn right onto Guyette Rd, turn onto driveway on left after white mailbox # 305)

We invite you to join us and gather together with some of the best array of activists in Central Vermont and partake in delicious food and terrific conversation with old and new friends. Please join us to welcome back Al Giordano for his first visit to Vermont in many years. After we eat and converse, Al will give share some of his amazing experiences in Mexico and Latin America where he has been living and reporting from for ten years. It will be a great evening and we hope you can join us!
In hopes of peace,
Ginny and Cort

License Renewal Inspection Public Exit Meeting - Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station

May 24, 2007
7:00 p.m.
The Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

NRC staff will inform Entergy management of the results of the NRC team inspection covering the scoping and aging management portions of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station application for a renewed license. Aging management programs manage the affects of aging on the intended functions of safety systems.

This is a Category 1 Meeting. The public is invited to observe this meeting. After the business portions, but before the NRC adjourns, the public will have an opportunity to communicate with the NRC regarding Vermont Yankee's application for license renewal and the role of the agency in ensuring safe plant operations.
Members of the public may provide questions or particular topics of interest for discussion in advance of the meeting to the meeting contact.


Introductions and Opening Remarks................................................NRC (10 minutes)
Review of License Renewal Process .....................NRC (20 minutes)
Discussion of results of license renewal inspection... NRC (10 minutes)
Entergy Response and Remarks......................... Entergy (5 minutes)
NRC Closing Remarks .................................. NRC (5 minutes)
Break..................................................(15 minutes)
NRC to address public questions....................... NRC / Public (as needed)

Meeting Contact: Richard Conte, Chief, Engineering Branch 1, 610-337-5183, E-mail: rjc@nrc.gov

RiverFest 2007- Celebrating Energy That's Clean & Green

Saturday, June 9, 2007
10 - 7pm
Shelburne Falls, MA

As spring turns to summer, the village of Shelburne Falls is once again preparing for its annual educational celebration of the Deerfield River and the surrounding countryside.

Beginning with a performance by "SunnyGreen," a giant dancing puppet, the streets of the village will be filled with music and fun, and a wide array of informative presentations and displays. Visitors will have a chance to learn about sources of safe, sustainable energy, how to identify invasive and edible wild plants, and the origins of the Potholes (contrary to popular belief, they are not glacial).

Grownups and youngsters can take a virtual tour of #3 power station and discover how a hydroelectric plant operatesŠget up close and personal to some of the birds of prey that soar through local skiesŠfind out about the "100-Mile Diet" as well as the environmental and health benefits of eating locally grown foodsŠand spend some quality time rafting on the river.

There will be street musicians and vendors, singing and storytelling, children's games, a mask- and puppet-making workshop (you don't have to be a kid!) leading up to the fabulous "Frog & Flower Parade" PLUS this year's "Quilting Challenge," art contests, trolley rides, fly-tying demonstrations, book, tag and bake sales, and much, much more.

Hop aboard the free shuttle bus (courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank) or just stroll through town at your leisure. From a musical gathering on the deck overlooking the Potholes to start the day's events, to an evening showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" presented by Pothole Pictures, this year's RiverFest offers entertainment, practical information and a wealth of ecological inspiration for people of all ages.

Come early, stay late! Gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for our natural resources-and take home some wonderful memories!

RiverFest is sponsored by the Deerfield River Watershed Association in conjunction with area merchants, organizations and the support of the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Greenfield and Shelburne

LACE - Local Agricultural Community Exchange - Grand Opening

June 10, 2007
10 - 4 pm
59 Main Street, Barre, VT

LACE welcomes the public to come check out the new Market in Downtown Barre and meet all the local Farmers and Food Producers from the area who will be supplying us with all Vermont Foods and Products ALL YEAR LONG!

Music, food and fun are planned throughout the day for the whole family.


LACE has teamed up with the City of Barre, the Barre Partnership, local 4H program leaders, Vermont Department of Agriculture and others to bring floats, music, vintage cars, farm animals and more to Barre to help celebrate LACE’s Grand Opening day.

This event is NOT to be missed!

The culmination of this day of celebration, LACE will host a Jackson Browne Concert at the Barre Opera House! http://www.lacevt.org/
CAN will be represented at this event. Come by and say hi!
Contact Marcella Chiarello or 802- 985-8479

SolarFest - The New England Renewable Energy Festival

July 14-15
Forget-Me-Not Farm on McNamara Road, Tinmouth, VT

Rain or Shine!
Come by and say Hi!
CAN will have a table with literature and the latest information on the fight against VY and for Renewable Energy!!

for more info http://www.solarfest.org/index.php

WALK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE - Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day
August 5-August 9

The Walk begins in Middlebury, Vermont-- Aug. 5, ends in Burlington, Aug 9th; it will focus on stopping a twenty year license extension for Vermont Yankee and all refurbishing and building of nuclear weapons. All welcome to co-sponsor or join this walk.

Sponsors include:
Citizens Awareness Network, www.nukebusters.org
Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji;
People for Less Pollution, Middlebury, Vermont 802-352-4416

This is a drug/alcohol free walk based on Gandhian principles of non-violence and will include the Buddhist prayer of Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo during the walk. As we walk we will bring together the spiritual and political forces to create a nuclear-free future.

For contact info. Hattie Nestel; 978-249-6224 Hattieshalom@verizon.net

Recent articles related to VY. There are more posted at www.nukebusters.org

1. Lawmakers did right by Vermonters on H.520


2. Douglas should renew party's tradition


3. Letter to the Editor: Give something back other than pollution


Donate now!


Please consider making a donation towards our campaign to secure a Sustainable, Green and Local Energy Future for all of New England!!


Thank you very much!!

Volunteers for Tabling events!

We are looking for a few more interested people who would like to staff a CAN table at various events lasting from 1 hr to the whole day. If you would like more info about what we need, please call 413-863-8952 or email cchang@nukebusters.org.


Weekly Green Energy Vigil - NOTE change in TIME!!

Thursday, May 17, 24, 31
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wells Fountain, Junction of Linden and Main, Brattleboro, VT

We will be here every week until Vermont Yankee is closed. Come join US!!

for more info 802-387-4060

"Silkwood" Film showing

Sat, June 30th
Reel World Films, Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA