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Rowe Yankee Nuclear Power Protest

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A Gallery of 20 Items - 1993 & 1996
>>>The 1970’s and ‘80’s were wrought with protests against nuclear power plants all over the country as activists in groups organized large-scale efforts to stop construction on plants from occurring in their communities. In 1974, organic farmers halted the construction of a plant in Montague, Massachusetts with their organized demonstrations. In 1977, the Clamshell Alliance organized enormous demonstrations on a construction site in Seabrook, New Hampshire. The initial protest yielded arrests of 1414 of 2000 protesters and inspired other organizations to spring up around the country. One such group was the Abalone Alliance in California, which occupied the construction site of Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor in 1977 in protest. Suddenly the very idea of nuclear power was becoming widely contested from all corners of the country. The disaster at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 marked the worst reactor melt down in US history and added validity to the concerns of the many activists against nuclear power plant construction.<<< >>>On October 1, 1991, the NRC reversed their decision and recommended that Yankee Rowe shut down. A more detailed inspection of the degree of embrittlement of the fuel reactor revealed that the plant might not have been safe to operate at all. They recommended that Yankee Rowe shut down immediately for further inspection. Hours later the Yankee Atomic Board announced that they were closing the plant permanently. The decision was based, they claimed, on economic concerns, as the cost of fixing the plant without the guarantee of it being reopened was too great. Yankee Rowe was shut down on October 1, 1991 after almost 32 years of operation and was permanently decommissioned in February of 1992. The plant was totally dismantled by 2007. The decommissioning of the Yankee Power Plant, for whatever reason the Yankee Atomic Board claimed was necessary, was seen as a victory for activists, environmentalists groups, and locals who had been protesting the plant’s existence for years.<<<Source:
>>>Item dates in the File Name, i.e., 1eg93yap.jpg<<< -- >>>the number in the name (93) is the year the photo was taken . . . 1993<<<