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.
According to a spokesman for Entergy, the ads for the Indian Point plant will begin running next week on cable television and in newspapers.
Backup generators kicked in, but operators reduced power at one Indian Point unit to about 70 percent as a precaution.
The NY1-YNN-Marist College poll released Tuesday night shows 49 percent of the adults living nearby are against closing Indian Point.
Entergy officials were stunned after a meeting last week with a top advisor to the governor. It was the first time a member of the governor’s staff told the plant operators face-to-face that Cuomo wants the Indian Point plant closed.
An official from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Indian Point is among the nuclear power plants that needs to tighten training for a severe emergency or disaster.