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Appeals Court Asks for VT Yankee Arguments

A federal appeals court weighing a water quality permit for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant wants lawyers to provide it with written arguments on another type of water quality permit.

Vermont Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller says that was one result from a hearing Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Vermont and the nuclear watchdog group New England Coalition went to that court to complain that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission improperly issued a license extension for the Vernon reactor last year because it did not have an updated permit under the Clean Water Act. Miller argued Vermont's case.

She says the three-judge panel asked for arguments relating to a second permit also required under the Clean Water Act. Briefs are due in 10 days.

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