|Attorney General Sorrell
"Issues" were discussed--
Dave Gram of Associated Press reports that Governor Shumlin, Attorney General Sorrell, Department of Public Service Commissioner Recchia (and perhaps others) are meeting with Entergy. The group plans to prepare a "global agreement" on decommissioning issues. They have met at least once, and they plan to meet again in early December.
This is a round of "formal negotiations." According to Sorrell, it includes discussion of the following "issues":
- how much work will need to be done on the site,
- what's in the underground piping,
- how long it's likely to take for the nuclear fuel rods to cool enough that they can be moved
Since these "issues" are actually not "issues" but facts, I think the Shumlin people are actually just getting a briefing from Entergy. This doesn't sound like a "negotiation." If it is any kind of negotiation, I wish the plant the best of luck. I think that Entergy may want a global agreement.
But sound bites may be planned.
I also think that Governor Shumlin will prefer having sound bites to having an agreement.
I suspect Shumlin plans to hold a press conference after the meetings. In this conference, he will claim that Entergy-Louisiana would not give Shumlin what he wants for the people-of-Vermont. (We don't live in Louisiana, you know?)
Okay, okay, I am judging Shumlin by his past words and his past actions. He may have changed. I believe that people can change. I will have to wait and see if Governor Shumlin has changed. For the sake of my friends at the plant, I hope Shumlin has changed!
However, if Shumlin begins insulting "Entergy-Louisiana" in the near future, please remember that you read it here first.