Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (4 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   6 comments

General News

Unlawful Nuclear Power in Vermont

By       Message William Boardman     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Group(s): , Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   News 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 1/13/13

Author 14586
Become a Fan
  (30 fans)
- Advertisement -

SHUT DOWN VERMONT YANKEE REQUEST IS BEFORE VERMONT SUPREME COURT

   By William Boardman   Email address removed"> Email address removed  

 
Vermont Yankee on the Connecticut River by nukeworker.org
 

For the better part of a year, Vermont's only nuclear power plant, owned by the Entergy Corporation of Louisiana, has operated unlawfully, without the necessary "certificate of public good" it needs from the state's Public Service Board (PSB). 

On December 4, the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution (NEC) filed a complaint with the Vermont Supreme Court, asking the court to issue an injunction that would shut down with Vermont Yankee immediately and keep it shut down until such time as Entergy complies with PSB orders and acquires a valid certificate of public good. 

Both Entergy and the State of Vermont filed responses to the NEC motion, seeking its dismissal.  On Wednesday, January 16, the Supreme Court has scheduled a half-hour hearing on the motions to dismiss.  The docket lists two attorneys for the NEC and 17 for the other side. 

If the court dismisses the NEC complaint, that will be the end of this case, although there are other Vermont Yankee cases pending before the PSB, as well and state and federal court.  If the court does not dismiss the complaint, it will schedule a hearing on the merits of the NEC claim, and could then shut down Vermont Yankee. 

   Undisputed: Vermont Yankee Operates Unlawfully

- Advertisement -

The basis for the shut down, as presented by NEC attorneys Jared Margolis and Brice Simon, is relatively simple and direct in summary: 

-    In June 2002, the PSB issued an order in connection with the sale of Vermont Yankee to the Entergy Corporation (PSB docket 6545).   This order is referred to in the pleading as the "Sale Order." 

-    Condition 7 of the Sale Order gives Vermont Yankee a certificate of public good "to expire on March 21, 2012." 

-    Condition 8 of the sale order says that Vermont Yankee is "prohibited from operating" after March 21, 2012, without either a new or renewed certificate of public good. 

-    To date, Vermont Yankee does not have either a new or renewed certificate of public good. 

- Advertisement -

Based on these undisputed facts, the NEC argues, Vermont Yankee should be shut down.  

Seeing this problem coming, Entergy had asked the PSB to amend the Sale Order to provide a certificate of public good that would allow it to keep Vermont Yankee running lawfully after March 21, 2012.  On November 29, 2012, the PSB) handed down a 30-page decision that denied Entergy's request to modify the 2002 Sale Order, pointing out that any hardship Entergy was suffering was of its own making.

Five days later, the NEC filed for an injunction to shut Yankee down. 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

Must Read 2   News 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Vermonter living in Woodstock: elected to five terms (served 20 years) as side judge (sitting in Superior, Family, and Small Claims Courts); public radio producer, "The Panther Program" -- nationally distributed, three albums (at CD Baby), some (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Nuclear Perceptions Fight Reality

Fukushima Spiking All of a Sudden

Fukushima Meltdowns: Global Denial At Work

Vermont Asks: "What the Fukushima"?

Military-Industrial Complex Owns Vermont

Accountability in Vermont?