Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is expressing disagreement with a major court decision blocking the state's efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Governor Shumlin, who is on vacation, issued a statement that says while Wednesday's decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York blocks the Legislature's efforts to close the plant it does not halt review of the Vernon reactor's operations by the state Public Service Board.
Vermont Public Service Department Deputy Commissioner Darren Springer says it is a key element in the decision.
The board is slated to rule later this year on whether Vermont Yankee and its owner, Entergy Corp., should get a certificate of public good to operate until 2032.
Shumlin, who as president pro tem of the Vermont Senate led the Legislature's efforts to close the plant, says Entergy has not been a good partner with the state since it bought the plant in 2002.
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