Yankee Critics Want State To Start Over On Permit Process

02/03/12 6:06AM The Associated Press

A group critical of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is telling state utility regulators they need to start over on their review of a 20-year extension of the reactor's state permit.

The Public Service Board's review was on hold while a federal court considered the Legislature's effort to block the new permit by preventing the board from completing its review.

Now plant owner Entergy has won that court battle and wants the board to quickly resume its review and issue the permit.

But the New England Coalition says the record before the board is more than two years old and is tainted with discussions of nuclear safety that the federal court ruled the state is pre-empted by federal law from having.

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