SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Over 160 people were officially laid off from Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Monday.
For years, people protested to shut down the nuclear power plant run by Entergy Corporation in Vernon, Vermont, with concerns about safety, but there are mixed emotions about relief environmentally and economically.
The plant ceased operations at the end of last year saying it was too costly to operate. At the time of the shutdown announcement the year before, there were 625 employees, but they had been slowly cutting back as the nuclear reactor powered down.
Of the 165 employees laid off at the nuclear power plant Monday 69 were from Vermont, 48 from New Hampshire, and 39 from Massachusetts.
John Howell of South Deerfield said, “It certainly will hurt the economy, any time you lose jobs, and they’re probably very good jobs, I’m sure there’s an impact.”
The plant had to make the layoffs official today under the federal worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Vermont Yankee offered 316 employees the opportunity to remain at the facility through early 2016 to initiate the decommissioning process.