Professors Parenteau, Kreis Discuss Vermont Yankee Lawsuit With VPR
June 23, 2011
Vermont Public Radio interviewed Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Don Kreis on June 22 in advance of a key hearing in the federal lawsuit over the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
The hearing was on Entergy's motion for a preliminary injunction to keep the plant operating pending a trial on the case's merits.
The future of nuclear power nationally could be influenced by the outcome of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC et. al. v. Shumlin et. al., which is why the case is being watched so closely nationwide.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given Entergy, which owns Vermont Yankee, a license to operate for another 20 years after its original 40-year federal license expires in March 2012. But the Vermont Legislature has refused to allow the state Public Service Board to issue a certificate of public good, which is required under state law.
Entergy's lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Vermont's law giving the state legislature veto power over the reactor's operation, as well as the right of any state utility commission to determine whether nuclear power should be part of a mix of electricity generation produced within the state.