Skip to comments.Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant sues over new state tax
Posted on 09/12/2012 10:42:00 AM PDT by matt04
The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state over taxes on the plant that the Legislature passed this year.
Vermont Yankee had already won a round in federal court over the state's efforts to close the reactor in Vernon, 120 miles south of Montpelier. That case is now on appeal at the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
The new lawsuit, by New Orleans-based plant owner Entergy Corp., targets taxes that increase the reactor's annual state tax levy from about $5 million to about $12.8 million, according to a statement released by Entergy.
Supporters of the new taxes said they were designed to replace money the plant paid the state under agreements in 2003 and 2005 that saw the state drop its opposition to the plant boosting its power output by 20 percent and to the plant's plan for storage of more highly radioactive nuclear waste on its grounds.
Those agreements lasted until March 21, the end of the plant's initial 40-year operating license. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a 20-year license extension last year.
Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier and chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said Tuesday the state's intent was for Vermont Yankee to shut down.
But Entergy, after winning its new federal license last year, sued the state in a bid to stay open, which the plant has succeeded in doing.
U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha ruled in January that federal law pre-empted the state from trying to shut its lone reactor down, located in the southeast corner of the state, near Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which both receive power from it. Lawmakers responded by issuing the new tax to make up for the revenue lost when the earlier agreements expired in March.
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Hydro Quebec - 28.2%
Other Purchase - 20.4%
Instate Hydro - 9.2%
McNeil Generator - 4.9%
New York Power Authority - 1.2%
Instate Thermal - .6%
So if VT succeeds in shutting down VT Yankee, how to they replace 35% of the electric generation needed to charge their Chevy Volts?
They need to build more windmills and solar arrays!!
They need to shut it down and let the yankees freeze in the dark. A few days with out the power and the state will be crippled