By Susan Smallheer
On a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Brattleboro Select Board finally agreed to place on the ballot a petitioned article that asked for an advisory townwide vote on whether to ask the Vermont Legislature to study taking Vermont Yankee by eminent domain.
Organizers of the petition drive view the eminent domain strategy as another and better way of getting the reactor shut down and Entergy Nuclear paying the full cost of decommissioning the plant — immediately.
Petition organizer Kurt Daims had taken the issue to Windham Superior Court after the Brattleboro Select Board voted 4-1 in January against putting it on the town meeting ballot.
At the same time, Daims announced he was launching a new petition drive, this one aimed at a townwide vote at town meeting in March, that would force the town and school district to just use renewable energy.
Most of Brattleboro is served by Central Vermont Public Service, which offers renewable energy through its Cow Power program, that does not include any nuclear energy. The town and school district would essentially “divest” itself of nuclear power, he said.
The switch to renewable power would be more expensive, Daims said, but only $12 a year per person.