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Vermont Yankee Trial Starts: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment on Federal Case That May Influence Nuclear Power Across U.S.

September 8, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School faculty experts will attend opening arguments at the Vermont Yankee federal trial on Monday, Sept. 12, and are available to comment throughout the trial.

They also will continue to analyze key developments in the case on the school's Vermont Yankee lawsuit faculty commentary blog.Image of Vermont Yankee

Professors Pat Parenteau and Cheryl Hanna will attend Monday's opening arguments in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro. Professor Michael Dworkin and Assistant Professor Don Kreis also are available to comment.

Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC et. al. v. Shumlin et. al. is being watched nationwide because of its potential to affect nuclear power across the United States. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed Entergy's current operating license, which expires in March 2012. But the Vermont Legislature won't allow the state Public Service Board to issue a certificate of public good, which is required under Vermont law.

Entergy's lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Vermont's law giving Vermont lawmakers veto power over the reactor's operation, as well as the right of any state utility commission nationwide to determine whether nuclear power should be part of a mix of electricity generation produced within any state.

Professor Parenteau is available at 802.831.1305 (office) or
Professor Hanna is available at 802.831.1282 (office), 802.233.8818 (cell) or
Assistant Professor Kreis is available at 802.831.1374 (office), 603.277.0330 (cell) or
Professor Dworkin is available at 802.831.1319 (office) or

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