VERNON, Vt.—By early afternoon Tuesday, Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern was crammed with workers from the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
Hours earlier, the workers had been told the plant would close next year, an announcement few expected. Released early for the day, they stopped at the restaurant and pub on the banks of the Connecticut River to sip beers and talk about the future.
They politely turned away when a reporter approached, but Don Rosinski, a Vernon resident who does not work at the plant, said that the closure would have huge ripple effects. Everybody in the small town knows someone who works at Vermont Yankee.
“Just in my neighborhood alone, there are six families,” Rosinski said. “One just sent their third kid to college. The timing is very bad.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.