Too Close for Comfort

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Comments (6)

Tomros on May 14, 2012

I like the strong yellow!


Greetings and best light, Tomas

these signs still exists?

Pennington Geis on May 15, 2012

Yes, these signs are current. I was glad to see that school bus come along -- both for the color balance, and for the emphasis on the danger the sign warns of. As I drove along these back roads, I spotted these signs in many yards -- this one happens to be on a public spot. Not far from here, but across the state line in Vermont, is an old nuclear power plant of the same design as the one at Fukushima. The US Nuclear Regulatory Agency re-licensed it just three days after the Fukushima earthquake, against the official opposition of the Vermont Legislature and Governor. This area is in Massachusetts and outside the official 10-mile emergency planning zone, but less than 30 miles from the plant, so the signs are placed by local citizens not by the power plant.

Larry Workman QIN on May 20, 2012

A simple but strong statement about the hazards we live with in some places.


Pennington Geis on May 20, 2012

No matter how bucolic our setting, there are dangers. Some we can avoid, some we can change, some we can make plans for, some are unknown and we can only react. Often, we have a hard time knowing which is which.

B. Pejchinov on December 30, 2012

Very beautiful photo!


Best regards, Blagoj

Pennington Geis on September 22, 2013

In Aug 2013, a little over a year after this photo, Entergy, the company that owns and operates the Vermont Yankee power plant, announced it plans to close the plant in 2014 because the dropping cost of shale gas makes operating this single unit nuclear plant uneconomical. Entergy asked for 60 years to mothball the plant after decommissioning.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 4, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Pennington Geis
    • Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    • Taken on 2012/05/03 14:58:53
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 22.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash