The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has been under attack for several years by a concerted, organized effort to force it to shut down. One of frequently employed tactics has been to widely publicize and repeatedly mention any event that puts the plant in a bad light. The tactic of repetition imposes a perception in the minds of many who are not closely involved that the plant is “falling apart” and should be shut down as soon as it reaches the end of its initial operating license, if not sooner.
Like many of my pronuclear blogging friends, I have been a little disappointed in the lack of quotable responses from the plant owner. Today I received a copy of a letter that directly answers a critic with a detailed listing of facts about the plant’s sustained performance history. It is nice to see such a calm, factual and convincing response from Entergy to Mr. James Leas of Burlington, Vermont after he accused Vermont Yankee of exhibiting “extraordinary” reliability issues.