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Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
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January 25, 2012

The state of Vermont’s effort to shut down a nuclear power plant has been halted by a federal judge who ruled officials exceeded their authority.

In 2010, the State Senate voted 26-4 to cause the 40-year-old Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which has leaked radioactive material, to cease operations when its license expires in March. But Judge J. Garvan Murtha said Vermont does not have the power to compel the plant’s owner, Entergy, to stop using the reactor because only the federal government can regulate safety issues related to nuclear power. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already announced that the power plant can remain operating for another 20 years.

The judge also ruled that the state cannot force Entergy to sell electricity from the reactor to in-state utilities at reduced rates as a condition of continued operation.

However, Murtha made it clear that he was only rejecting the state’s attempt to shut down the plant based on safety issues. He noted that his decision did not “purport to define or restrict the State’s ability to decline to renew a certificate of public good on any ground not pre-empted or not violative of federal law.”

Vermont officials are expected to appeal the ruling

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Even though the federal government does not actually have the right or authority to dictate what free individuals can and cannot eat, the Obama administration has officially rejected a WhiteHouse.gov petition signed by more than 6,000 Americans seeking freedom from federal tyranny against raw milk.

Food freedom advocates filed the petition as part of the We the People: Your Voice in Our Government program which, at the time, promised a response to any petition that gathered at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days. However, the federal government has since raised that signature threshold to 25,000 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/26/we-people-takes-next-step-responding-your-petitions ).

A response letter to the petition from Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs, rehashes the same tired nonsense about raw milk’s supposed “health risks,” and touts pasteurization as a type of Godsend for protecting the ubiquitous “milk supply” from deadly pathogens, as if all milk everywhere is exactly the same and part of a single, government-provided supply.
You can read McKalip’s full response to the petition at the following link (http://https//wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions ).

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