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For Immediate Release

Bob Bady (Safe & Green Campaign) 802-258-7750
Deb Katz (Citizens Awareness Network) 413-339-5781
Clay Turnbull (New England Coalition) 802-257-0336

Japan Solidarity Vigil at Vermont Yankee

Sunday, March 20 - 1:00 PM


As a public expression of solidarity with the thousands of Japanese workers and residents affected by the still worsening nuclear disaster in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, there will be a solemn, peaceful vigil in front of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Governor Hunt Road in Vernon, Vermont, this Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 pm.

"We who live in the shadow of Vermont Yankee regard the people living near the Fukushima reactors as our sister reactor communities," said Deb Katz, executive director of Citizens Awareness Network. "Their suffering is breaking our hearts, and it's a suffering which, given the long-lasting effects of the radioactivity spewing from these melting-down reactors, could continue for many years - and is unacceptable."

New England Coalition trustee Leslie Staudinger said, "Our compassion for the nuclear plant workers and Japanese families in the evacuation zones is deep and heartfelt. Under these circumstances, our sadness moves us to act beyond the Coalition's usual role as legal and scientific advocates and educators."

In addition to expressing concern for the suffering of the Japanese people, the vigilers will continue calling for the closure of Vermont Yankee, a 39-year-old, accident-plagued facility of the same or very similar age and design (Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor made by General Electric) as the failed nuclear reactors in Japan.

"If this could happen in Japan, with all its technological sophistication and disaster preparedness," said Nancy Braus of the Safe & Green Campaign, "what unexpected event might overtake the alleged safeguards we're told are protecting Vermont Yankee?"

Vigil organizers have suggested that those who plan to attend WEAR BLACK, BRING A SIGN OR BANNER that's in keeping with the focus of the vigil, and park in the Vernon Elementary School parking across from the plant. ALL ARE WELCOME!

The vigil is being sponsored by the Safe & Green Campaign, Citizens Awareness Network, and the New England Coalition.