Judge Says State Can't Shut Down VY Over Waste

03/20/12 6:06AM

A federal judge has issued another green light for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to keep operating, and the Vermont Public Service Board appears to be going along.

Judge Garvan Murtha said Monday that state law can't be used to prevent Vermont Yankee from storing highly radioactive nuclear waste at the plant after its initial license expires on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Public Service Board responded to a request by plant owner Entergy that it issue a similar declaratory judgment by denying that request.

But the board also said it recognizes that the judge has barred it from enforcing any orders that would result in Vermont Yankee closing. So while it denied Entergy's request on Monday, it said that it would not result in the PSB seeking to close the plant.

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