Judge Rules Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Stay in Operation

A federal judge ruled today that the state of Vermont does not have the authority to force the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to shut down. Brattleboro district court judge J. Garvan Murtha's decision will stop Governor Peter Shumlin and lawmakers from shutting the plant down in March, when a current state license expires, as they hoped to do.

Michael Burns is a spokesman for the plant's parent company, the Entergy Corporation.