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Vt. lawmakers mull strategy after nuke defeat

Vt. lawmakers mull strategy after federal court ruling saying nuke can stay open By The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ' Vermont legislative leaders say they won't rush to craft new bills reacting to a federal judge's decision that lawmakers overstepped their authority in trying to close the state's lone nuclear plant.

House Speaker Shap Smith said Friday the Legislature's legal researchers would review the court order. Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell said it was too soon to know what the next step would be.

The state attorney general has 30 days to decide whether to appeal Thursday's ruling affecting the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon. A federal judge said lawmakers couldn't consider safety when they blocked the Vermont Public Service Board from issuing a new certificate for the plant to operate for another 20 years. The court said nuclear safety issues are the bailiwick of national regulators.

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