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Fight Over Vermont Yankee Oversight in NY Court



NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel in New York is poised to hear arguments Monday over whether Vermont’s only nuclear power plant can continue to operate without approval from state regulators.

The case has drawn attention across the country since last year. A federal judge ruled that the plant can continue to operate even without state approval. The judge had said safety issues at stake in the dispute are solely the responsibility of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2011, that panel extended the plant’s license for 20 years.

State approval expires March 21.

The Vermont Yankee plant has operated since 1972. It produces one-third of the electricity consumed by Vermont. Utilities in neighboring states buy about 45 percent of the power generated by the station.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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  • alphafox

    If it supplies 1/3 of the power to the state, why would you shut it down with no viable alternative? So what, burn more coal? Ok..

  • iCwell4u

    Two corrections; 1. State approval expired March 21, 2012. 2. Vermont does not use any electricity generated from Vermont Yankee, none purchased from them for 2012-13!