Vermont Yankee Asks For Year In State Permit Case

05/03/12 6:06AM

AP/Toby Talbot
Vermont Yankee lawyers Sanford Weisburst, left, and John Marshall confer during a hearing before the Vermont Public Service Board on Wednesday in Montpelier.

The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant want the state's utility regulator to give the company more than a year to file documents that could lead to it being allowed to operate for another 20 years.

The state of Vermont is suggesting a similar time frame, but wants Vermont Yankee to file its main documents earlier than the company would like.

The plant and the state presented their cases to the Public Service Board on yesterday. The board is deciding whether the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, should be given a state permit.

The Burlington Free Press says Entergy wants to present its final filings in August 2013.

Sandra Levine, of the Conservation Law Foundation, which opposes Vermont Yankee's continued operation, told the board that proposed timeframe is too long.

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