A blow for Vermont Yankee in its battle against the state to stay open.
A federal judge denied the nuclear plant's request to temporarily block Vermont from shutting the plant while Yankee sues the state.
Yankee's operating license expires next year. The state wants it to close. Yankee says only the federal government has the authority to say which plants get re-licensed and the federal government has already granted Yankee a license extension for another 20 years.
Monday a federal judge ruled against the plant's request to block the state from shutting it down next year. Yankee's owner, Entergy, had argued that it needed the injunction as security to make the financial decision this summer to refuel the plant, which costs 60-million dollars. Without refueling, Entergy said it would have to close, even though the legal battle over whether the state has the right to officially shut the plant down would still be in the courts.
Yankee officials have not commented on the ruling.