Documents Show Heavy Entergy Lobbying

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Government documents show that Entergy Corp. heavily lobbied multiple federal agencies last spring as it pleaded with them unsuccessfully to join its lawsuit against the state of Vermont’s efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The emails, letters and other documents also show Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko being coached by the agency’s lawyers to temper remarks he had been making saying the agency was unlikely to intervene in the Entergy lawsuit. The documents were obtained from the NRC by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request.

And they indicate the NRC’s five commissioners at least planned to meet with Entergy representatives in early June, something they said they decided not to do when they testified before a U.S. Senate committee later that month.

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