Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon (Entergy Corp.)
Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon (Entergy Corp.)
Wednesday November 14, 2012

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Both the state and lawyers for Vermont Yankee now have filed written arguments to a federal appeals court as the legal battle continues over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Lawyers for plant owner Entergy Corp. are continuing to argue that the state Legislature improperly waded into issues of nuclear safety when it gave itself the authority to block future operations of the plant and then tried to do so.

Federal law leaves matters of nuclear safety to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The state argues that lawmakers had other reasons to want to shut the plant down, including its economic and environmental impacts.