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.
Thursday marked yet another call for the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Westchester County, citing possible danger to the area.
Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neill Sheehan said Salem II was running at full power as of late Friday morning. Salem I was at 80 percent.
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.
The Millstone Power Station in Waterford is starting to pull together teams that will evaluate response plans for earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.
A spokesman said Indian Point 3 will remain offline for about a month.
The 172 sirens that dot four counties around the Indian Point nuclear power plants will be wailing away Wednesday.
New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said the decision violates requirements for a review of health, safety and environmental hazards.
The plant owner, Entergy Corp., said the transformer explosion on Nov. 7 was due to a failed high voltage bushing. Bushings connect the transformer to the overhead lines that carry electricity to the main electrical grid.
The nuclear reactors’ owner, the pipelines’ owner and regulators say the pipelines do not pose a threat.
The audit recommends additional training in identifying suspected terrorists, greater access to criminal databases by the NRC, stepped up “re-screening” of power plant employees and notifying plant operators of foreign travel.