Charges Dropped Against Vermont Yankee Protesters

04/30/12 6:06AM

Prosecutors are dropping criminal trespassing charges against 136 protesters who were arrested last month at the corporate offices of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

The protesters were arrested March 22 at the Entergy offices in Brattleboro. They refused to leave the property while demonstrating on the first day of the Vermont Yankee plant's operation after the expiration of its 40-year state license.

Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver decided against moving forward with the charges given the limited resources of her office and the courts, the Brattleboro Reformer reports.

The Vermont Yankee plant, located in Vernon, has a new permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate for 20 more years.

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