WASHINGTON, February 24 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the U.S. Senate energy and environment committees, issued the following statement today after the Vermont Senate voted to block the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor from operating after 2012.
“When Vermont Yankee was built, the promise and expectation was that the plant would operate for 40 years and shut down. Today the Vermont Senate reconfirmed that long-established understanding. I agree with the Senate’s decision.
‘This is a moment of tremendous opportunity for Vermont to become a world leader in the transformation to a cleaner, smarter and safer energy future. Along with aggressive efforts to achieve even greater energy efficiency, we also can take better advantage of our natural resources to develop sustainable technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. And as we move forward, I believe we also can create thousands of new, good-paying jobs in Vermont.”