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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 04:37 AM
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Vermont lawmakers fail to override veto of nuclear power tax bill
Source: Platts

Despite a recent plea by former Vice President Al Gore, Vermont lawmakers
Wednesday failed to muster enough votes to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto
of a bill that would have taxed nuclear power to pay for energy efficiency
programs.

The state House vote in favor of an override was 86 to 61, 12 votes shy
of the two-thirds majority needed.

Gore had entered the fray over bill (H.520) in late May when he endorsed
the measure in a video conference aired in six Vermont towns.

Entergy Vermont Yankee, which supplies one-third of Vermont's power, had
lobbied heavily against the legislation, saying it would add $25 million to
the nuclear power plant's tax bill over the next five years.

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Read more: http://www.platts.com/Nuclear/News/6399602.xml
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