Wednesday December 5, 2012

Supreme Court asked to order nuke shutdown

MONTPELIER (AP) -- An anti-nuclear group is asking the Vermont Supreme Court to order an immediate shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The New England Coalition points to a state Public Service Board order last week saying the Vernon reactor’s owners agreed in 2002 to shut down if they didn’t have a new state certificate of public good by this past March.

Vermont Yankee still hasn’t received a new certificate, and the board has warned it repeatedly that it is operating in apparent violation of that 2002 agreement. The board incorporated that agreement into its approval when Entergy Corp. bought Vermont Yankee a decade ago.

Fire damages camp

COLCHESTER (AP) -- A summer camp on Lake Champlain that was heavily damaged by fire is expected to be up and running this summer.

Police say the teenagers had been lighting matches, fireworks and road flares in the area on Sunday.

Authorities say the dry conditions and wind caused the fire to spread quickly to multiple buildings at Camp Brown Ledge causing several hundred thousand dollars in damage.

The camp’s co-director told the Burlington Free Press that the camp will be open in June.

The two teens, aged 14 and 15, came forward with their parents and told police about what they had been doing.


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Police say after consulting with the Chittenden County state’s attorney’s office, the incident is being referred to the Colchester Reparative Board for further action.

Cruise boat moved to Memphremagog

NEWPORT (AP) -- A Lake Champlain cruise boat is getting a new home on another Vermont lake.

The boat Northern Star was taken out of the water Monday in Burlington and moved by truck to Newport Tuesday where it is waiting to move into its new home, Lake Memphremagog.

Owner-Captain Chris Johansen formerly captained the Newport Princess, a small tour boat on Lake Memphremagog.

The Caledonian Record reports Johansen worked for other tour lines on Lake Champlain before deciding to bring a large charter cruise boat to Newport.

The vessel was partially disassembled before being moved early Tuesday. Johansen got a special permit from the state to move the 88,000-pound main deck and hull.

The boat’s top decks were removed during shipping.