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.
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.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the rulings “a major victory for the safety of millions of New Yorkers.”
The two reactors in Buchanan, 35 miles up the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, provide about a quarter of the power used in New York City and Westchester County.
The Indian Point nuclear power station was entirely off the grid Friday after a non-radioactive leak forced operators to close the only reactor that was running.