Nuclear Power

Court Won't Let Vermont Close Nuclear Plant

State trying to get around NRC on safety concerns


Vermont's attempts to close its lone nuclear power plant were deceptive and misleading, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in largely upholding a lower-court ruling against the state.

State lawmakers had safety in mind — but tried to hide that — when they passed laws in 2005, 2006 and 2008 making it harder for the Vermont Yankee plant to win permission to operate for another 20 years, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

The plant began operating in 1972 and was bought by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. in 2002. In the past it has provided as much as a third of the state's electrical supply. Currently, nearly all of its power is shipped to electric companies in neighboring states.