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Vermont Yankee Parent Company Sues State to Keep Nuclear Plant Open

By Pat Bradley


Vernon, VT – The New Orleans-based company has been granted a license extension by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep Vermont Yankee running until 2032, but the state of Vermont has not granted a Certificate of Public Good that would allow operation in the state past March 2012. Entergy filed a lawsuit Monday in Federal Court in Vermont. Richard Smith, President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities held a conference call Monday morning to explain the filing...... (audio cut) Entergy claims that under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution a state has no authority over nuclear power plant licensing and operations nor the radiological safety of a nuclear power plant. It also claims Vermont has violated the Federal Power Act Preemption and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Many had expected Entergy to file a complaint against the state. New England Coalition Advisor Ray Shadis says it was a question of when the company would go to court...... (audio cut) Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said he had just barely received a copy of the complaint and has not yet read it, but he has been assembling a team for months because they knew the matter would end up in court...... (audio cut) There's more information on our website - wamc.org

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