The agreement was contingent upon Century restarting the Ravenswood plant.
While state lawmakers passed a bill giving the company about $20 million in annual tax credits to lower the plant's power bill, the process stalled when the state Public Service Commission rejected a company plan to push off some of its power costs onto regular ratepayers.
Gorrell said the retirees stand ready to re-open negotiations with the company on the new deal. But she was not hopeful.
"We are far from confident that Century has true intentions of restarting the Jackson county plant after all the months of hard work and effort so many have afforded them," she said.
Century spokesman Mike Dildine said Thursday he could not comment on the retiree situation since the litigation was still pending in court.
But he did reiterate the company's desire to both restart the plant and work with the retirees.
"The company remains committed to both restarting the Ravenswood smelter and the agreement it reached with the retirees regarding healthcare benefits, which is conditioned upon a restart of the plant," Dildine said.
"Toward this end, we continue to be actively engaged in discussions with the energy providers to secure energy for the facility at rates that would enable an economic restart and allow the plant to remain viable," he said.
While the company's proposal to pass some power costs off onto regular ratepayers was rejected last year, the PSC did provide the company with a potential rate structure to use if it decided to restart.
Commissioners also said Century and Appalachian Power could negotiate a new rate agreement, provided it met certain conditions.
Century and Appalachian officials began negotiating rates for the Ravenswood plant early this year. Officials have said those talks are still in their preliminary phase.
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