MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has won the state approval it was seeking for a new emergency diesel generator at the plant, and has dropped a lawsuit in which it accused state regulators of foot-dragging on the issue.
The state Public Service Board on Friday approved the new 3,000-kilowatt generator for the Vernon reactor. Plant owner Entergy Corp. had said it needed approval by June 10 — which is Monday — so it could get the generator installed, up and running by Sept. 1.
Vermont Yankee needed the new generator to comply with federal regulations, and complained in a lawsuit in federal court that the Public Service Board was not acting fast enough on its request for permission to install it.
Entergy said Friday it is dropping that suit.