Vernon, Vermont is a town of just more than two thousand people. Business owners and employees of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant are reacting to news the plant will close next year.
Less than a mile from Vermont Yankee sits a tavern with a sign that says “We Support Vermont Yankee.” Inside, standing behind the bar, is owner Dick Nesbitt.
“I believe in all the people that are working there. There’s 650 people that work there. They all don’t come this way, but we get some business from them,” Nesbitt says.
Meanwhile, sitting on a deck outside, sipping a beer is Greg Brede. The New Hampshire resident has been an engineer at Vermont Yankee for 15 years.
“There was a meeting held, an all-hands meeting, that the entire population of individuals that work at the plant were called into the Vernon school and everyone was addressed at the same time this morning at approximately 8:30,” Brede says.