HOUSTON Nov 30 Entergy Corp officials
said an unfavorable ruling issued on Friday by the Vermont
Public Service Board will have no immediate impact on operation
of the 620-megawatt Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
In a long-running dispute between Entergy and Vermont
officials over the future of the 40-year-old reactor, the board
rejected Entergy's request to amend previous orders that
prohibited operation of the plant after March 2012 without state
"The Vermont Public Service Board denied a request by Entergy
to amend two orders issued by the board in 2002 and 2006," said
James Sinclair, communications director for Vermont Yankee. "We
had asked for amendments so that our operation would conform to
Entergy is also seeking board approval of an application to
renew the plant's "certificate of public good."
The board described the denial as "narrow" and that it does
not address the merits of modifying or extending Entergy Vermont
Yankee's obligations under existing orders.
Elected officials and environmental groups want Vermont
Yankee to shut, based on an agreement Entergy made when it
purchased the plant in 2002.
However, a federal appeals court in June rejected the
state's challenge to a new 20-year operating license issued to
Vermont Yankee in 2011 by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
"It's a further statement that Entergy continues to operate
Vermont Yankee in violation of board orders," said Sandra Levine
of the Conservation Law Foundation which is a party in the case.
"Entergy should be obliged to shut down the plant," Levine
New Orleans-based Entergy is the third largest operator of
U.S. nuclear plants behind Exelon Corp and Duke Energy