Technical Hearings Begin On VY Permit

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The Vermont state panel that regulates utilities is beginning a new round of technical hearings on the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The Public Service Board is meeting in Barre to hear witnesses on plant owner Entergy Corp.’s bid for a certificate of public good to operate the Vernon reactor until 2032.

Lawyers for the state and Entergy sparred over what the Public Service Board should decide and what is reserved for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

The hearings begin Monday and then move back to Montpelier for four days next week.

Entergy is trying to get a state permit to match its federal license.

The plant has been embroiled in a series of legal battles with the Shumlin administration and Legislature, tried to get the plant to shut down when it turned 40 last March 21.

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