But the board said much of the delay in resolving Vermont Yankee's future was Entergy's fault. The board said Entergy waited five years before challenging state laws, now being tested in federal court. The company also slowed the process down by making misleading statements in 2009 that it didn't have certain kinds of underground piping at its Vernon reactor, the board said.
"Any hardship Entergy faces is a direct result of choices it made," the board said.
Sandra Levine, a lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation, which has advocated closing the plant, said in an email: "Entergy's in a very tight box. It cannot prove to the Board that it is a trustworthy operator when it is operating in defiance of the same Board's orders."