Democracy prevails when a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a dedicated array of citizen activists to accomplish a rare grassroots environmental victory in closing an aging nuclear reactor in Vermont.

Synopsis: 

POWER STRUGGLE follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials in Vermont– alarmed at increasing safety violations—took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor when its original 40-year license expires.  The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials (including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin), nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, and federal nuclear regulators. 

A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future. POWER STRUGGLE is also a warning about the toxic legacy of high-level radioactive waste that will remain at every nuclear power plant around the world indefinitely into the future.

Director's Commentary: 

After 8 years in the making, I feel very proud to be the storyteller for a national audience of this inspiring story of environmental activists not only making a huge difference, but actually winning!

My goal for POWER STRUGGLE is for it to be a catalyst to inspire renewed discussion about aging nuclear power plants, and develop awareness about the long-term hazards of nuclear waste, as well as about climate change, renewable energy, and enhanced citizen participation in our democracy.