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Anti-nuke protestors tell Vt Yankee to get out

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -

On a sun-soaked Saturday afternoon, young and old danced to the beat in Brattleborro.

But as speakers took the stage, their Anti- Vermont Yankee message carried a much angrier tone.

"Shut 'em down, go home, tell the truth, we're moving on," Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told the crowd.

Governor Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, and Senator Bernie Sanders all said nuclear's time has ended in Vermont, as they addressed about one-thousand sign toting protesters.

They accused the power plant of lying, and covering up accidents.

National regulators have granted the facility a new lease on life, one that won't expire until 2032, despite the state's opposition.

When Vermont took the matter to court, a state judge sided with the facility.

"I'm here to tell you, to reassure you that this was only round 1," proclaimed Sorrell.

The power produced at the plant is no longer used in the Green Mountain state. Vermont's utilities opted to find other sources of power.

"We should be investing in wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass," said Senator Sanders.

Many of those in attendance agreed, and some have taken matters into their own hands by protesting at the facility every month.

"We've been arrested there as a group 17 times," said protestor Hattie Nestle.

Protesters voice concern about radioactive tritium leaking into the ground, hot-water discharged from the plant affecting watersheds, and the possibility of disaster.

Sanders say Jobs shouldn't be a concern though, because the plant's workers, could be used to tear it down.

Yankee spokespeople have consistently said recently that their focus is to continue to provide reliable power and good paying jobs to the region.

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