You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Metro

BRATTLEBORO

6 women go on trial in nuclear protest

Continue reading below

A trial is underway in Vermont for six elderly Massachusetts women accused of trespassing at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last year to protest the continued operation of the reactor. Police say the women, all members of the Shut It Down Affinity Group, traveled to the nuclear plant’s gate in Vernon on Aug. 30, 2011, used a chain and padlock to lock the entrance gate, and chained themselves to the fence, while officials were busy with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. It was one of about 22 protests the group has mounted against the reactor’s continued operation in recent years. The women are from Northampton, Athol, Colrain, and West Springfield, Mass. The trial started Tuesday morning in Brattleboro.

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week