Monday, April 5, 2010

Huh? aka Vermont Yankee (part 4)

On March 31, 2010, Entergy transmitted to the NRC key findings of the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP investigation of misstatements by Entergy employees at Vermont Yankee.* The investigation concluded that no Entergy employees "intentionally misled" Vermont regulators and "The investigation also concluded that no one made any intentionally false statements in state regulatory proceedings." That’s all fairly clear.

But then the same paragraph continues: “The report found, however, that certain ENVY [Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee ] personnel did not clarify certain understandings and assumptions, which resulted in misunderstandings, when viewed in a context different from the one understood to be relevant to the CRA [Comprehensive Reliability Assessment]."


I was fine up to the “however”. I just don’t understand the law firm’s tortured phrasing of what did happen. Will anyone else?


*ADAMS Accession Number ML100910420

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