State Loses Vt. Yankee Appeal

Aug 15, 2013

In this June 19, 2013 photo, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon.
Credit Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Thurs. 8/15/13 at Noon & 7PM:  A federal appeals court has handed the state of Vermont a significant defeat in its efforts to close the state’s only nuclear power plant.  Entergy, the corporation that owns Vermont Yankee, sued the state in 2011 over two state laws that would have forced the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to close when its original 40 year license expired in 2012.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday morning that Vermont lawmakers were focused on safety concerns, which are solely the purview of the federal government. The ruling affirmed an earlier decision by Judge J. Garvan Murtha. Thursday on Vermont Edition we get reaction and discuss the sate's next course of action with Attorney General Bill Sorrell, Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia,  and Vernon Rep. Michael Hebert.

Also in the program, Vermont has seen several homicides and murder-suicides in recent months related to domestic violence. We examine the laws that are meant to protect domestic violence victims from their abusers, and police intervene and investigate when they are called to the scene of a domestic disturbance.  Our guests are Karen Tronsgard-Scott of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Lt. Ingrid Jonas, a detective with the Vermont State Police.