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Indian Activist Studies Vermont Yankee Opposition, Seeks to Stop Plans for World’s Largest Nuclear Plant

September 21, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Indian activist Vaishali Patil will visit Vermont Law School on Friday, Sept. 30, to learn more about efforts by Vermont lawmakers and citizen groups to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Image of Vermont YankeeHer lecture at 12:45 p.m. in Oakes Hall, room 110, is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by VLS's International Law Society and Environmental Law Society.

A grassroots advocate for the constitutional, human and land rights of women and tribal people in India, Patil will discuss opposition to a proposal to build the world's largest nuclear power plant on the earthquake-prone coastline south of Mumbai, India. The Jaitapur project is supported by the Indian government but opposed by farmers, fishermen and other community members, thousands of whom have been arrested in acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

Patil is visiting Vermont to learn more about efforts by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Legislature and community groups to close Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. She also will speak at 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 28 at the Montpelier Unitarian Church.

More information about the VLS event is available from Ida Nininger at inininger@vermontlaw.edu.

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