Feds clear Vt. nuke plant for license extension

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 10, 2011; 5:13 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to grant Vermont's only nuclear plant a license to run for 20 years beyond its originally scheduled shutdown date in 2012, but state opposition continues to make its future uncertain.

The NRC made the announcement following a brief commission meeting about the 39-year-old Vermont Yankee plant. It rejected an 11th-hour appeal by an anti-nuclear group that wanted the commission extend its review of filings made by plant owner Entergy Corp.

The NRC says its review of the plant's license application has been completed.

The plant also needs a state certificate to keep operating, and last year, the state Senate voted to block state utility regulators from issuing one.

Vermont is the only state with a law authorizing the Legislature to vote on renewing a nuclear plant's license.

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