At nuke plant hearing, activist throws compost

04/17/09 8:04AM

A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on the performance of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant took an unexpected turn when an anti-nuclear activist threw some compost at a plant official and then dropped a couple of handfuls on a table where regulators sat.

Sally Shaw, of Gill, Mass., told Vermont Yankee officials they had no idea what to do with spent fuel or radioactive waste.

The panel held the hearing to discuss the plant's 2008 annual assessment by regulators, calling it safe and reliable. The Vernon power plant is in the process of seeking permission to extend its license beyond 2012, when it's scheduled to close.

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