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Issue Date: September 16-30, 2011, Posted On: 9/22/2011

Indian activist to visit Vermont in fight against nuclear plant
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.

She will give a lecture on the school’s South Royalton campus at 12:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Vermont Law School’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. on Wed., Sept. 28 at the Montpelier Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vt.

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