MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge has handed another victory to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that is resisting the state's efforts to close the reactor.
Judge J. Garvan Murtha issued an order in January blocking the state from closing the Vernon reactor. Since then, there had been speculation the state still might prevail by preventing more storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste at the plant after its initial license expires this Wednesday.
On Monday, Murtha issued a follow-up order saying the state can't try to enforce a closure of the plant over the waste issue.
He issued an injunction against that happening until appeals are heard and ruled on by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
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