Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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.
A maintenance supervisor at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Westchester County was arrested this week, on charges that he stole more than $50,000 of equipment and scrap metals from the plant.
Tuesday’s earthquake that rattled Washington D.C. and snaked its way up the East Coast forced the evacuation of City Hall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his staff were rushed outside by police security.
Backup generators kicked in, but operators reduced power at one Indian Point unit to about 70 percent as a precaution.
Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staff were scheduled to meet with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss shifting Indian Point away from nuclear power.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his staff will meet Tuesday with nuclear regulators to discuss whether a disaster like the one in Japan could happen at the Indian Point power plant.
As nuclear plant issues arise in Japan those who live near the Indian Point power plant can’t help but wonder if it could happen here.