Entergy files suit to keep VY open

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BRATTLEBORO - Early today, Entergy filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to keep Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon open despite Vermont's refusal to issue a certificate of public good for the plant's continued operation.

Entergy is seeking a judgment to prevent the state of Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to cease operation on March 21, 2012.

Today's request for declaratory and injunctive relief follows the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission's March 21, 2011, renewal of Vermont Yankee's operating license authorizing the plant's operation through March 21, 2032.

The NRC's action came after a thorough and exhaustive five-year safety and environmental review of the plant.

"We have made every reasonable effort to accommodate the state of Vermont and its officials while allowing the continued operation of Vermont Yankee - an outcome that benefits all stakeholders, including Vermont consumers and the approximately 650 men and women who work at the plant," said Richard Smith, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. "Despite the fact that Vermont Yankee is important to the reliability of the New England electric transmission grid, emits virtually no greenhouse gases, and provides more than $100 million in annual economic benefits to the state of Vermont, it has been made clear that state officials are singularly focused on shutting down the plant. That has left us with no other choice but to seek relief in the court system."


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