Richard A. Watts

Public Meltdown:
The Story of the Vermont
Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

ISBN: 978-1-935052-60-9
176 pages

March 21, 2012

Public Meltdown describes the public debate around re-licensing the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Vermont. The plant’s initial 40-year license expires in March 2012, and the plant’s owner, the Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation requested permission to extend the license for another twenty years. This book describes the debate and ensuing “public meltdown” as plant owners announced leaking tritium and misleading comments.

Richard Watts, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Vermont in the Department of Community Development & Applied Economics and at the Transportation Research Center. Dr. Watts has extensive experience in public policy and political campaigns, as a campaign manager, journalist, and consultant to government agencies, business groups, and non-profit organizations.

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