State Attorney General William Sorrell says Vermont Yankee’s zero carbon emissions claim is inaccurate.
The nuclear plant in Vernon claimed to have zero emissions in advertisements last year. The ads prompted a complaint by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Sorrell says he looked into the claim and found that while emissions generated by electricity production at nuclear plants are negligible, they occur when uranium is mined, processed and transported for use as fuel.
Vermont Yankee spokesman Rob Williams says the wording of the ads was "unfortunate."
The plant’s owners say they won’t use the claim again without explaining what it means.