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Legal expert: Vt Yankee likely to keep operating

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Cheryl Hanna Cheryl Hanna

Despite protests, it's likely the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will continue to operate at least in the short term and possibly for another 20 years.

Last fall, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted the plant a license extension. And a judge ruled that only the federal government can close a nuclear plant for safety concerns. The state is now appealing that ruling.

Cheryl Hanna, a professor at the Vermont Law School, says the case may ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I would expect there's not going to be any final resolution on this case for at least a couple of years," Hanna said. "You know my own opinion is that the federal law was always on Yankee's side and so I think no matter what the state had done it would have been a hard case to win."

Vermont Yankee is also seeking a permit from the state Public Service Board. Yankee opponents see that process as another avenue for shutting the plant down.

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