This significant tidbit came to my attention yesterday, just after the key snapped off in the front door, the kitchen sink backed-up, the gas meter packed in, and my husband got a flat without a spare tire.
Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the wreck of our material lives, I am returning to the incontrovertible evidence, reinforcing mere memory, that, way back in 2002, Entergy not once, but twice gave its guarantee, it’s“100% promise,” to shut down operations in 2012, should the facility not be issued a certificate of public good to continue operating.
There it is in black and white: embedded in the testimony given before the Public Service Board, on February 6, 2002 by one Mr. Michael Kansler, self-identified as
employed by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. I am also Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC, owned by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Investment Company.”
Feb. 5, 2002; p. 216… Our intent here is obviously we have to get permission from the NRC for renewal, but also is to get basically Vermont’s permission to continue to license also, and so at this point we don’t envision that we would turn this into a battle, say we’re going to continueoperations again the wishes of the State of Vermont.
Chairman Dworkin: Are you making a commitment that you won’t do that?
Mr. Kansler: I won’t say one hundred percent sure it’s nota possibility, but right now I would say our intent is not to turn this into a battle. If the State doesn’t want it, we wouldn’t go forward with it.
Feb. 6, 2002; p 25
Mr. Kansler:… I guess what I would say is that the commitment in the deal is that we will get your approval, therefore we would get your approval. If we don’t get your approval we won’t get life extension.
Chairman Dworkin: That sounds like a hundred percent guarantee.
Mr. Kansler: That’s a hundred percent guarantee.
Board Member Coen: It’s a change in your position?
Mr. Kansler: Yes.
(Michael Kansler’s technical testimony in Docket 6545 (in 2001-2))
Chairman Dworkin goes on to repeat to Mr. Kansler exactly what he has committed Entergy to doing, ie. respecting the decision of the PSB; and asks Mr. Kansler to confirm that he has understood correctly. Mr. Kansler replies that he has.
Chairman Dworkin: I want to just tell
counsel that this obviously is an issue of
major significance. And the specific drafting
of it in such a way as to ensure that it is
extraordinarily likely to be effective is a
matter to which we will want careful
attention. If it turns out that, you know,
one form is more subject to challenge as a
regulatory matter under which there might be
preemption, and another form is more likely to
be sustained as a contractual commitment, we
want people to consider that possibility. But
I want the substance of it which is that
Entergy has no expectation and no reliance on
any chance to preempt this Board’s decision on
it. And that the commitment is, as you said a
few minutes ago, a hundred percent to be
understood as substance, and the text to lock
that in as well as any lawyer can lock it in.
Is that Entergy’s understanding at this stage?
Mr. Kansler: That’s my understanding. Yes.
I’d like to know at what point Entergy will be on the hook legally for having lied to the Public Service Board in order to obtain permission to own and operate Vermont Yankee? ‘Seems to me that the state ought to be the entity bringing suit against Entergy!
Mendacity would appear to pervade the industry, as this bit of further fibbing seems to confirm.
Apparently, the NRC has finally concluded that Exelon, which has reportedly been interested in acquiring Vermont Yankee from Entergy
Deliberately provided incomplete and inaccurate decommissioning estimates. Enforcement action pending (January 13, 2013)
You can file that under “Closing the Barn Door After the Cow Got Loose.”
Does anyone want to bet that the underestimates are not industry wide?
Coming soon to a front page near you: the really, really bad news about the true cost of decommissioning Vermont Yankee, and how poor Entergy just can’t be expected to shoulder that financial responsibility.