Court: Vt. can't use law to close nuclear plant

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Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:38 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federal appeals court has largely upheld a ruling against Vermont's attempts to close a nuclear power plant in the state.

A decision Wednesday by the New York-based appeals court agrees with a lower-court decision that federal law pre-empts state laws geared toward closing the Vermont Yankee plant.

The court said Vermont's concerns over nuclear safety were not a legitimate reason to close the plant. Nuclear safety is the sole province of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under federal law.

The appeals court did reject the plant owner's complaint that Vermont was trying to tie a new state permit for the plant to getting favorable prices on power from Vermont Yankee. It said that issue wasn't ripe because no such deal was struck.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns the plant.