Sen., Charles Schumer is suggesting that the Coast Guard “quarterback the effort” to provide a 24-hour maritime security plan.
The renewal process could be more than a year, given the controversy involved. New York state and environmental groups have voiced opposition to a new 20-year license.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a supplement to a 2010 study Tuesday. That study found Indian Point’s impact is not great enough to deny a new 20-year license.
The report card results were announced one day after it was learned that one of Indian Point’s reactors will become the first and only nuclear reactor in the country operating without a license.
Indian Point 2′s 40-year license expires on Sept. 28. Officials said the reactor can keep operating because Entergy Nuclear, its owner, filed for renewal more than five years before the expiration date.
The federal fisheries service report said the continued operation of two nuclear plants in the New York City suburbs would kill hundreds of fish in two protected species, but it would not come close to wiping them out.
Thursday marked yet another call for the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Westchester County, citing possible danger to the area.
A local nuclear power plant faces a possible shutdown after officials and activists have expressed fear over the facility’s operations.
“His main concern is the security and safety of the 20 million people who live within the 50 mile meltdown zone at Indian Point,” said Clifton Travis’ attorney Amy Bellantoni.
A draft report said that closing Indian Point would degrade New York’s electric grid. Gov. Cuomo opposes the new licenses for Entergy, calling the plant unsafe.
Entergy Nuclear says the Indian Point 3 reactor was put back into service Thursday afternoon.
Not since before the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 have federal regulators approved a license for a new nuclear plant – until now.
Duane Jackson said his brush with terrorism and celebrity taught him that it made sense to get involved.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the rulings “a major victory for the safety of millions of New Yorkers.”
An environmental group says that if the Indian Point nuclear plant suffered an accident like the one in Japan, the consequences could be worse.