Demonstrators gather outside Vermont Statehouse to call for shutdown of Entergy nuclear plant days after federal judge rules that plant can continue operating after 40-year license expires

MONTPELIER, Vermont , January 24, 2012 (press release) – Four days after a federal judge ruled that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant can continue operating, demonstrators gathered outside the Statehouse to call for the Entergy Corp. plant to be shut down.

About 15 people stood in front of the Statehouse on Monday afternoon in the rain holding signs saying "Retire Vermont Yankee, as planned."

On Thursday a federal judge ruled the Vernon plant can operate after its original 40-year federal license expires in March. Entergy had sued the state after it had declined to give the plant permission to continue running.

Organizers of Monday's rally say Vermont Yankee is an unreliable source of energy that needs to be shut down as soon as possible. They plan to demonstrate weekly or perhaps daily in Montpelier.

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