First hearing in suit over Vermont nuke plant – Bloomberg
A court case over whether Vermont has the authority to close down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant next year is off to a secretive start. The first hearing for Entergy Corp.’s suit against state officials was held behind closed doors Thursday in federal court in Brattleboro.
Attorneys for Entergy and the state met in chambers with U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha. Neither side would reveal afterward what was discussed.
Entergy filed a civil suit against the state of Vermont last month, saying jurisdiction over Vermont Yankee’s continued operation lies with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which recently granted it a 20-year license extension. State officials contend that they have the authority to close the plant in March 2012.
The Brattleboro Reformer says U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha scheduled the hearing for June 23 and 24 in federal court in Brattleboro.