Vermont Yankee is a real little troublemaker. Last year, a large part of one of the US nuclear power plant’s cooling towers collapsed. The collapse was put down to rotting wood in the tower’s construction. Further poor maintenance also led to a ‘reactor scram’ and shutdown in the same year.

Problems have continued for poor Vermont. The reactor has just suffered its third leak of coolant in a year, the last being in July. Vermont wants permission to carry on for another 20 years while a US Senate Finance Committee has called for independent oversight of the plant. We couldn’t agree more. Little Vermont Yankee needs a chaperone.