MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont utility regulators have determined they must start over in their review of whether the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant should get a new state permit for continued operation.
The Public Service Board had been trying to decide whether it should revive a 3-year-old review stalled when lawmakers intervened in 2010 and blocked the board from issuing a decision on a new permit.
A federal judge has ruled the Legislature overstepped its bounds and has put the matter back in front of the board. The board issued an order late Thursday saying that rather than pick up where it left off it would start anew.
Vermont Yankee is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Nuclear. The company says it looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the plant deserves a new certificate.
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