By WILSON RING, Associated Press – 24 minutes ago
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Dozens of protesters are being arrested in Brattleboro for trespassing on the property of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in a demonstration against the continued operation of the reactor.
Seven others have been arrested for entering the headquarters of the plant’s owner, Entergy Corp., in New Orleans.
Thursday marks the first day of the plant’s operation after its initial 40-year operating license expired a day earlier.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued the plant a 20-year license extension, but the state of Vermont wants the plant to close.
More than 800 protesters marched to the plant’s Brattleboro headquarters on Thursday.
In a statement, Vermont Yankee said the company respects the rights of opponents to peacefully protest. But it says the company’s employees will not be distracted from their jobs.