A federal court has handed
the state of Vermont another loss in its ongoing challenge to Vermont
Yankee’s operating license. The Circuit Court of
Appeals in Washington rejected the state’s arguments that the new 20-year license was invalid
because Entergy Vermont Yankee failed to get a new water quality permit.
Wednesday marks the date that Vermont Yankee’s original
40-year operating license ends. But supporters and opponents of the nuclear
power plant are enmeshed in legal and regulatory proceedings about
extending the license, and the plant continues to produce
Attorney General Bill Sorrell
says a federal court ruling in the Vermont Yankee nuclear power case could have a chilling effect on other state legislatures as they
consider issues that cross over into federal regulation.
Peter Shumlin says he hopes the Vermont Public Service Board will take
additional testimony before deciding the fate of Vermont Yankee’s request to
extend its operating license for another 20 years.
The head of the Entergy Corporation says the company will seek state permission
to operate the Vermont Yankee plant for another 20 years. Entergy
CEO Wayne Leonard says a recent ruling by a federal court means the state
should issue a new permit without delay.