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Global Nuclear Energy Report to be Presented at Vermont Law

October 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 11, 2013

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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. — A major new study on the state of the international nuclear industry in light of recent economic and geopolitical changes will be presented at Vermont Law School next week on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Under the auspices of its Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Vermont Law School will host Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the “World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013.” Mr. Schneider is an independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris.

“Two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster started to unfold, all of Japan’s remaining 50 nuclear reactors are shut down. It remains highly uncertain when and how many will ever restart,” said Mr. Schneider. “The international nuclear industry has been on the decline long before the Japanese disaster. Recent decisions to close five operating reactors—for the first time in fifteen years—illustrates that the global trend has caught up in the United States as well.”

Joining Mr. Schneider will be the director of the IEE, Professor Michael Dworkin, and Adjunct Professor Peter Bradford, who is a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The presentation will occur in Hoff Lounge in Oakes Hall on the campus of Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. The event will begin at 10:30am and is open to members of the public and press.

Following the presentation at Vermont Law, Mr. Schneider will be presenting the report in Washington, D.C. on October 17th in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

Named in honor the German Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1972, the Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Its main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. The foundation operates as a green think tank, an international policy network with 30 offices across the globe.

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Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees — LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu.

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