June Hearing Set For Vermont Yankee Case

05/06/11 6:06AM

A court case over whether Vermont has the authority to close down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant next year is off to a secretive start.

In a closed-door meeting with attorneys for plant owner Entergy and the state, a judge Thursday set a hearing for June 23-24 on the company's request for a preliminary injunction barring the state from shutting down the plant next March.

The meeting was the first since Entergy filed a civil suit against the state April 18, was held in federal court in Brattleboro.

Entergy filed a civil suit against Vermont last month, saying jurisdiction over Vermont Yankee's continued operation lies with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which recently granted it a 20-year license extension.

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