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

Richard Watts

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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.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: White River Press (March 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935052608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935052609
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Policy in the (Post) Nuclear Age March 13 2012
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although Richard Watts is an academic, this book is important for anyone interested in how important public policy debates are currently conducted in America. Watts identifies the ways in which one side (nuclear power plant operators) and the other (nuclear opponents) frame issues ("safe, clean and reliable" versus "dirty, dangerous and old") then counts the number of times each frame appears in the media over the course of a years-long debate. As the frame counts shift back and forth over time, he shows the reflection of public opinion - and government policy - move in similar fashion. Not only does he let the reader see how the sausage is made, he points toward ways people can be involved to make better sausage.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of energy, activism, and government March 18 2012
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book chronicles a fascinating and unique story, but one that is relevant to the aging powerplants across the nation. It provides the reader with the necessary background to see the surprising turn of events that caused Vermont Yankee nuclear owner, Entergy Corp, to lose public support in Vermont. The story will be a great read for anyone interested in energy, activism, media, government, and/or history as it draws together all of these. It is backed up with numerous interviews and data from media research which illuminate the history and current state of this issue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Formation of Public Policy July 8 2012
By A. H. Westing - Published on Amazon.com
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"Public Meltdown" has beautifully captured and explained "The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant" --- that is, of the downfall over a period of eight years of the new out-of-state owner (Entergy of Louisiana), largely through arrogant mismanagement. One also really learns from the book's careful analysis by the author (a Professor of Journalism) the power of astute political action (by Governor Peter Shumlin), as well as the power of what carefully orchestrated and relentless lobbying can accomplish (especially by several statewide anti-nuclear and "green" groups). This monograph should be required reading for college students of political science, of journalism, and perhaps also of sociology.

I must add that I was sorry to learn how little interest was shown in the public debate that the shutting down of Vermont Yankee would at least for many years into the future shift much of the electricity used in the State to being produced from fossil fuels (which year in and year out routinely and inevitably account for more fatalities, medical horrors, and environmental destruction than would a possible nuclear accident). And as further irony, some of the replacement electricity would be coming from NIMBY nuclear power plants in New Hampshire and Quebec. --- Arthur H. Westing, Putney, Vermont
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Watts does it well telling a story of Vermont's nuclear energy history and public concerns for the future June 12 2012
By Vermonter - Published on Amazon.com
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Public Meltdown is a story told through more than a thousand news articles over Entergy's ownership of Vermont Yankee. As a Vermont resident, every person should read this and understand what is going on with that nuclear power plant. Energy is a big issue in Vermont's future, so the question about using nuclear is still in the air. Each chapter outlines the important aspects of Entergy fight to keep the plant open, even though some lies are shown. This non fiction book has some cliffhangers of its own because of how history played out. Anyone interested in nuclear energy is highly recommended to read this book. The science behind nuclear energy is one thing, but this book displays the management of the second largest nuclear power plant owner in the United States. Entergy owns 10 plants in the U.S., so it should be known by all U.S. citizens how this controversial energy production is handled in our borders. Nuclear plants are usually very quietly controlled, but all people should know who is patrolling and how they are doing so. You will learn so much from this book. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, engaging May 5 2012
By Woody - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well-written, extensively documented account of how Entergy frittered away all the good will they once had in Vermont. I found it fascinating, a quick read filled with information presented in a logical and engaging fashion. It's a must-read for anyone even vaguely interested in the controversy surrounding extension of Vermont Yankee's license.

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