On Tuesday night, Plymouth Selectmen will discuss the non-binding referendum approved by voters in last Saturday’s election. That vote authorized the Board to request that the NRC delay the re-licensing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power station until lessons learned from Fukushima have been put in place.
The ballot initiative was supported, but it does not necessarily follow that Selectmen will make the recommendation that was approved by the voters, since the Board is not compelled to obey what the voters had to say. However, it appears Selectmen will take up the matter tonight.
Making the issue more complex is the fact that the 5-year PILOT—or payment in lieu of taxes agreement—with Entergy, owners of the Pilgrim Plant, expires at the end of June. The one-year extension, granted by town meeting, will end in June of 2013. Then, add this to the mix: the town manager announced last week that she’s leading a team of negotiators, presumably,to secure the best possible agreement for the town with Entergy. Selectmen meet 7 p.m. Tuesday.