Legal Wrangling Over VY's Future Continues

03/05/12 6:06AM

The legal arguments over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continue, with parties to file this week on how the state Public Service Board should handle its review of a new state permit for the plant.

Meanwhile, the clock ticks toward March 21st, when the company's permission to store more high-radioactive nuclear waste on the plant site in Vernon may expire.

The plant won federal approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate for 20 years beyond its originally scheduled shutdown date--less than three weeks away. And a federal judge has ruled against the state Legislature's efforts to block that continued operation from happening.

But the plant still needs a state permit, and that will be the subject of legal briefs due Wednesday.

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