After a hearing in New York City on Monday, the company that owns Vermont Yankee and its opponents were back in
court on Wednesday in a continuing legal face-off over the future of the
state’s only nuclear plant.
Vermont had asked Entergy Vermont Yankee to
test for radioactive tritium in a former drinking water well at the
plant grounds in Vernon. But Entergy said that would require drawing significant quantities of water from
Vermont Legislature wanted to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant plant in March, when its current
license expires. But U.S. District Judge Garvan Murtha ruled that the
Legislature does not have that authority.
Government documents show that Entergy Corp. heavily lobbied multiple
federal agencies last spring as it pleaded with them unsuccessfully to
join its lawsuit against the state of Vermont’s efforts to close the
Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Vermont Yankee disputes state test results that show radioactive tritium has been found on the banks of the Connecticut River. But some say the discovery of any tritium in the river is noteworthy.
Earlier: Tritium Found In Well
A federal judge has refused to suspend Vermont’s law that gives the
Legislature veto power over whether Vermont Yankee can continue to
VPR Coverage: Vermont Yankee
Earlier: NRC Recommends Safety Upgrades
In the first day of a case that could decide whether a state can deny the license extension of an operating nuclear power plant, an attorney for the Entergy Corporation said Thursday that jurisdiction should fall to federal regulators.
Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Don Kreis break down the upcoming trial initiated by Entergy to keep Vermont Yankee operating beyond March 2012, State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso updates us on a measles alert and we head to Summer School for a lesson in playing the banjo.