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Public Service Board tries to wrap up Vt. Yankee hearings

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The Vermont Public Service Board is trying to wrap up more than two weeks of hearings on whether to grant Vermont Yankee a permit to continue operating.

The Montpelier hearings are identical to ones that started four years ago but were scuttled after the Legislature voted to shut the plant down and triggered an avalanche of litigation.

Entergy officials Tuesday once again tried to assure the Board the company has come a long way in the last three years since revelations of leaking underground pipes and a cooling tower collapse, and that the company can be a trusted partner.

"There are just a number of things that are different in today's environment that we as an organization have learned and are trying to employ to make sure that information that's provided to the state and to the board is accurate," said Bernard Buteau of Entergy.

Despite a management shakeup at the company, Department of Public Service officials testified there is still a lot of uncertainty about whether the company can be trusted to play by the regulatory rules of the road.

Yankee's Certificate of Public good expired last year, but a judge's ruling has allowed the plant to keep operating until the federal case wraps up.

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