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VT Nuke Plant Wants Year in State Permit Case

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants Vermont's utility regulator to allow it to take more than a year to file documents that could lead to it being allowed to operate for another 20 years.

The state of Vermont is suggesting a similar time frame, but wants Vermont Yankee to file its main documents earlier than the company would like.

The plant and the state presented their cases to the Public Service Board on Wednesday. The board is deciding whether the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, should be given a state permit.

The Burlington Free Press says Entergy wants to present its final filings in August 2013.

Sandra Levine, of the Conservation Law Foundation, which opposes Vermont Yankee's continued operation, told the board that proposed timeframe is too long.

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Photo Courtesy: Entergy Nuclear--Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1. The nuclear power plant is located in Vernon, VT (5 MI S of Brattleboro, VT) in Region I; Operator: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; More information on the NRC facility page link at www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/vy.html