Regulators Have Questions For Vermont Yankee

02/24/12 6:06AM By John Dillon

State utility regulators have some very detailed questions for the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Entergy Vermont Yankee won a legal victory last month when a federal judge struck down portions of two state laws that would have forced the plant to close next month.

But the judge still left a role for the state Public Service Board to decide Yankee's future. And the PSB has now asked Entergy and others involved in the case for guidance.

Yankee's state certificate to operate expires March 21st. And the big question the board asked is whether Entergy plans to run the plant after that date if the board hasn't approved its continued operation.

The PSB also asked Yankee what it planned to do with radioactive waste produced after March 21st. The board noted that it previously ordered that Yankee could not store waste on site that's produced after March 21.

The board has scheduled a status conference in the Yankee case for March 9th.

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