Six Yankee Protestors Convicted Of Trespassing

11/27/12 5:04PM

A jury has found six Massachusetts women guilty of trespassing at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last year to protest the continued operation of the reactor.

Police say the women, all members of the Shut It Down Affinity Group, traveled to the nuclear plant's gate in Vernon on August 30, 2011, used a chain and padlock to lock the entrance gate and chained themselves to the fence.

It's one of about 22 protests the group has mounted against the reactor's continued operation in recent years.

In court, the women, who range in age from 69 to 93, represented themselves and raised concerns about the ecological and health effects of the facility.

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