Friday, November 1, 2013 (11:30am-1pm)

Richard Watts speaking on Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

Location: E101

Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

Richard A WattsIn 2010, Vermont legislators voted to shutter a nuclear power plant, putting the state at odds with the federal government and the plant’s ownerthe Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation.  Richard Watts analyzes that vote based on ten years of news media coverage focusing on the role of state governments, citizens and activists in decisions about the nation’s aging nuclear power fleet.

Richard A. Watts, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont at the University of Vermont and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Community Development & Applied Economics & Environmental Program. Richard has extensive experience in public policy and political campaigns, as a campaign manager, journalist and as a consultant to government agencies, business groups and non-profit organizations.  Richard is the son of Antioch Professor Emeritus Heidi K. Watts.

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