A federal appeals panel in New York is poised to hear arguments today over whether Vermont's only nuclear power plant can continue to operate without approval from state regulators.
The case has drawn attention across the country since last year. A federal judge ruled that the plant can continue to operate even without state approval. The judge had said safety issues at stake in the dispute are solely the responsibility of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2011, that panel extended the plant's license for 20 years.
State approval expires March 21.
The Vermont Yankee plant has operated since 1972. It produces one-third of the electricity consumed by Vermont. Utilities in neighboring states buy about 45 percent of the power generated by the station.
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