April 19, 2011
With NRC relicensing in hand, Entergy has taken the only rational and predictable action by filing a lawsuit in Federal District Court challenging Vermont's authority to override the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's sole authority to regulate nuclear plant safety and operations.
Federal District Judge Murtha, according to his biographical sketch, served as Chair of Vermont's Commission on Low-Level Nuclear Waste from 1987 to 1990. I wonder if that service will affect his unbiased ability to hear the case.
Will AG Bill Sorrell reveal his budget to defend the case? You can bet this one will go to the Supreme Court. His record there is not good having lost a Campaign Finance reform case a couple of years ago.
Here's hoping an injunction will be granted allowing continued operation and necessary refueling of Vermont Yankee while the case makes it's way through the judicial process.