Panel Rejects Some Of VY Critic’s Evidence

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The Vermont Public Service Board says it will consider some, but not all, of a prominent nuclear critic’s testimony as it weighs whether to give the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant a new state permit.

Plant owner Entergy Corp.’s lawyers objected to any testimony from Raymond Shadis of the anti-nuclear group New England Coalition. In the end, the board said it would hear some of the points Shadis wanted to make, but not his testimony on the plant’s effects on fish in the Connecticut River.

Board members noted Shadis is not a fisheries biologist.

This round of hearings on Vermont Yankee’s request for a new certificate of public good wraps up on Tuesday. More rounds will end with legal papers filed in August, and a decision could come this fall.

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