"A terrific and well-written look at what really happened in the Vermont Yankee debacle..."
--Howard Dean, Governor of Vermont 1991-2003
"This book should be read by all who care about their communities and the health of the planet."
--Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst, Greenpeace
"Billions of dollars, a third of Vermont's power, and high stakes legal fights; it's a heady mix as Watts tells a compelling tale of how Entergy Nuclear Vermont went from "white knight" to "unwanted guest."
-- Michael Dworkin, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School
"Through extensive research and interviews with many of the key players, Richard Watts not only explains explains what happened, but provides solid insights into why it happened. Public Meltdown is a well-written narrative of a drama-filled decade."
--David Lochbaum, Director, Nuclear Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists
"We make electricity in America atop some of our deepest social and political fault lines: the federal/state divide, and competition vs. regulation. This nuclear plant's recent history has made for a dramatic cautionary tale. Dr. Watts tells it fluidly and in compelling detail."
--John Kassel, President, Conservation Law Foundation
Richard A. Watts, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Vermont in the Department of Community Development & Applied Economics and at the Transportation Research Center. Dr. Watts teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public communications, sustainable transportation and energy planning and conducts research in media studies and communications theory.
The nuclear power plant is located in southern Vermont. It is 40 years old and its original 40 year license was expiring. It went through the processes to get a 20 year extension. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Hill Country Bob
"Public Meltdown" has beautifully captured and explained "The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant" --- that is, of the downfall over a period of eight years of the new... Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by ARTHUR H. Westing