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Entergy v. Shumlin: Vermont Law Expert Available to Comment

January 9, 2013

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—Constitutional law expert Cheryl Hanna, a professor at Vermont Law School, will be attending the oral arguments in Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC et al. v. Shumlin et al. before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City on Jan. 14, 2013, and is available for comment. She is also planning to write a post-argument analysis that will be available at

This case is an appeal from a January 2012 ruling by Federal District Court Judge Garvan Murtha in which he held that federal law preempted Vermont's attempts to shutter the plant. The decision said that state legislators were primarily motivated by safety concerns when passing legislation, an area under exclusive federal control. The  U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a 20-year extension of Vermont Yankee's federal license, which was to expire Wednesday, March 21, 2012, but the state's lone reactor still hasn't received a permit from the Vermont Public Service Board. Vermont Yankee continues to operate pending both this appeal and a decision from the PSB.

An expert on the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional law, Hanna is a frequent commentator for the media, including Vermont Public Radio and WCAX-TV 3 News. She has followed the Vermont Yankee litigation closely and written several blog posts on the litigation. Her faculty bio is available at and she can be reached via voice or text on her cell phone at 802-233-8818 or at her email


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