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Vermont Yankee Nuclear License Renewal Challenged By State

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A top Vermont utility regulator is heading to Washington to argue in a court hearing that the license renewal given last year by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Corp.'s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was issued improperly.

Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, 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 NRC could issue its new license.

Vermont Yankee owner Entergy 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.

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