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Vt. to say VY license issued illegally

Associated Press Modified: May 9, 2012 at 3:45 am •  Published: May 9, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service is headed to Washington to argue in a court hearing that the license renewal given last year by federal regulators to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was issued improperly.

Elizabeth Miller is to appear Wednesday before the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit. She says she'll tell the court that Vermont Yankee lacked the renewed water quality certificate it needed before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its new license.

Vermont Yankee owner Entergy Corp. argues in court papers that their previous water quality certificate was still in effect. The company and the NRC also say Vermont could have raised its issues during NRC hearings on the license renewal.