Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after a federal court denied Entergy Corp.'s bid for a temporary injunction to keep Vermont Yankee open while a legal fight plays out over the state's effort to close the nuclear power plant:
"The ruling is good news for the people of Vermont. The law is very clear that Vermont has the right to close the plant based on economic and other considerations.
"The Vermont state Senate decided last year in a bipartisan, 26-to-4 vote not to extend Vermont Yankee's license. I agree with that decision. Vermont has that authority based on federal law as well as a 2002 agreement with Entergy, the plant owner. If Vermont chooses an energy future that does not include a 40-year-old, problem-ridden nuclear power plant and that emphasizes energy efficiency and sustainable energy, that is certainly our right."