Douglas thinks lawmakers can decide nuclear plant's future this year

02/27/09 6:34AM

Gov. Jim Douglas says he thinks lawmakers can have their say on the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant this year, but issues relating to the plant's decommissioning fund should be left to regulators.

The governor's comments came more than a week after the passing of a deadline set by legislative leaders for Vermont Yankee owner Entergy Nuclear to agree with Vermont's utilities about how much it will charge for power from Vermont Yankee after 2012.

And Rep. Tony Klein, the chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, says he agrees with Douglas that the Legislature still could vote this year on whether Vermont Yankee's license should be extended for 20 years.

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