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