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Trial over future of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant ends; ruling expected this fall
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) ' A federal trial on Entergy Corp.'s dispute with Vermont over its refusal to extend the life of a nuclear power plant has ended.
New Orleans-based Entergy says Vermont lawmakers wrongly considered safety in blocking an extension for the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon.
Both sides agree that federal law makes nuclear safety the sole province of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But the state argues that lawmakers used other reasons, including plant reliability, in voting down a bill that would have paved the way for an extension.
The NRC has approved a 20-year extension for the plant. But Vermont also gives its Legislature such authority over power plants, the only state to do so.
The trial ended Wednesday. A federal judge is expected to rule this fall.