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Indian Point To Become First Nuclear Plant To Operate With Expired License

License To Expire In Late Sept, Renewal Process Will Take At Least A Year
Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. (file / credit: Mario Tama/GettyImages)

Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. (file/credit: Mario Tama/GettyImages)

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — One of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City will soon be operating with an expired license.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said Monday that the situation resulted in part from a complicated license-renewal process for nuclear reactors, the Journal News reported.

Indian Point 2’s 40-year license expires on Sept. 28. NRC regional administrator Bill Dean said that’s at least a year before any decision will be made on whether to extend it for another 20 years.

Dean said the reactor can keep operating because Entergy Nuclear, its owner, filed for renewal more than five years before the expiration date.

Dean and other NRC staff members will hold a public meeting in Tarrytown on Tuesday about the plant’s 2012 safety assessment.

Environmental groups planned to release their own safety reports on Indian Point on Tuesday.

According to the NRC, Indian Point will have the only nuclear reactor in the country operating without a license.

Environmental groups have called for the plant’s closure due to its location in a densely populated area.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the closure of Indian Point, the Journal News reported.

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