Day two of the trial between Entergy and the state of Vermont. At stake-- the future of Vermont Yankee.
Much of Tuesday's witness testimony focused on Entergy's relations with Vermont lawmakers. House Speaker Shap Smith testified that there is a lack of trust between plant owners and the state. Entergy Vice President Jay Thayer told the court he wrote a letter acknowledging that Entergy needed Public Service Board and legislative approval to continue operations. But the company is trying to make the case that the Legislature denied a license extension for safety reasons and that should be up to federal regulators. The NRC granted the plant a license extension.
Experts say the case may come down to whether federal law trumps state law.
"Entergy is really framing this case as a constitutional law case. And Entergy's lawyer-- Kathleen Sullivan-- was absolutely right that legislative history matters when trying to determine what the purpose behind the statute was," said legal expert Cheryl Hanna of the Vermont Law School.
Witness testimony was expected to end Tuesday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.