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Vermont Yankee asked to pay $200,000 in 2014


Every year, it seems, the Vermont Legislature looks for ways to tax, punish or shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Every year, Vermont Yankee fights them on it, sometimes in court.

This legislative session has been remarkably free of talk about the Vernon plant. It’s as if the two warring parties have retreated to neutral corners to lick their wounds, amass their arsenal and plot their next move.

The one exception this year is a little item in the 2014 budget bill. The state wants Vermont Yankee to pay $770,000 over the next four years to help the American Red Cross prepare an evacuation plan that includes...