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Entergy files suit over Vermont nuclear plant

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation announced that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC (ENVY) and Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. (ENOI), have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont seeking a judgment to prevent the State of Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to cease operation March 21, 2012.

The request for declaratory and injunctive relief follows the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s March 21 renewal of Vermont Yankee’s operating license authorizing the plant’s operation through March 21, 2032.

“We have made every reasonable effort to accommodate the State of Vermont and its officials while allowing the continued operation of Vermont Yankee, an outcome that benefits all stakeholders, including Vermont consumers and the approximately 650 men and women who work at the plant,” said Richard Smith, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. “Despite the fact that Vermont Yankee is important to the reliability of the New England electric transmission grid, emits virtually no greenhouse gases, and provides more than $100 million in annual economic benefits to the State of Vermont, it has been made clear that state officials are singularly focused on shutting down the plant. That has left us with no other choice but to seek relief in the court system.”

“Litigation is by far the least preferred approach. But it is clear our disagreement with the State of Vermont on the scope of its authority over Vermont Yankee cannot be resolved between the two parties. Putting this dispute before a federal judge is the appropriate and responsible way to resolve this disagreement.”

Source: Entergy Corporation


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  1. No More Nuclear Power Plants!
    Japan’s nuclear disaster and resulting fallout is just one incident of nuclear reactors in trouble at a single location. The U.S. has over 100 nuclear reactors some similar to Japans earthquake damaged reactors. If Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors continue to leak radiation into the air and oceans, many exporting industries may be damaged by radiation contamination. If Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors continue leak radiation into the air, could over a period of time that cause dangerous levels of radiation to be absorbed by U.S. farm crops and cattle, making U.S. farm products unmarketable; cause U.S. food shortages and high prices. How far will millions of gallons of radioactive water travel dumped from damaged Japanese reactors? Will Radioactive Fish migrate to other nation’s waters affecting other country food chains? Will grocery store and seafood restaurant customers need to check purchased seafood, fruits, meat and milk with a Geiger counter. Could several of Japan’s industrial products become too radioactive to export? So much for clean nuclear energy.

    In the U.S. most nuclear reactors have to be subsidized by taxpayers. When nuclear reactors leak as shown in Japan, it can be hugely expensive when damaged reactors melt down spreading radiation. In the U.S. too many nuclear reactors are close to large U.S. populations; 1000 miles may be too close to communities downwind. In addition to catastrophic health costs, a leaking reactor can contaminate for decades, 100’s or several thousand years large geographic areas, destroying real estate values of entire cities, shutdown industries. The potential risks of operating or building more nuclear reactors in the U.S. can’t be justified considering the catastrophic downside. The U.S. has approximately 104 nuclear reactors. From a military standpoint, U.S. enemies would only need target U.S. nuclear reactors to spread deadly radiation to large cities crippling America. Nuclear reactors are a losing bet.

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