BUCHANAN, NY (WCBS 880) – Entergy officials knew that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

But they 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.

“If we’re alarmed by anything, it was by, kind of the cavalier attitude of the staff up in Albany who don’t seem to appreciate how important it is to have a reliable, clean, inexpensive supply of electricity in New York,” says Entergy spokesman Jim Steets. “They were dismissive of the benefits and only committed to shutting down the plant. We’re not entirely sure what the motivation was.”

The Cuomo administration has made it clear it wants Indian Point shut down, saying there is simply too much at stake with two nuclear reactors just 35 miles north of New York City.

The governor also has new leverage in this fight — legislation that streamlines the process for building new power plants.

Indian Point provides 25 percent of the electricity for New York City and Westchester County. Replacing that supply is a massive challenge.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Reaction From Mayor Bloomberg

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bloomberg is saying the equivalent of hang on a minute when it comes to closing the facility.

“Well, if you closed Indian Point down today we’d have enormous blackouts. There is no alternative to the energy that we get from Indian Point. Four or five years from now that probably is not going to be true,” said Bloomberg on Wednesday. “All types of power generation have risks and nuclear hasn’t killed anybody. The difference is that nuclear, in theory, has a much greater potential for a big problem. But I think when you really look at it, it’s not going to be an easy decision.”

His Honor added that you certainly can’t do anything overnight.

Comments (22)
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  2. Birgit says:

    What ir..

    Everyone in NYC commits to reducing energy consumption by 25%?

    The waste is stored safely and securely at industry expense, not government and taxpayers’ expense.

    The true cost of nuclear is compounded by a failure to plan. Nuclear energy requires dealing with expensive, monitored and continually upgraded containment for centuries. How is this clean, safe, or efficient?

    Plan now for renewable energy and put away the tools of the warmongers and bomb builders. Solar, wind, and hydro, done correctly, provide a good basis for a diversified energy portfolio.

  3. Steve L. says:

    All of these pro Indian Point comments, including Mr. Bloomberg’s, are simply ridiculous, ignoring reality and putting us all in peril. Whether these comments arise out of ignorance, from misinformation, or a vested financial interest in this plant continuing operation, the arguments in favor of the plant put forth by these folks have become moot as of this past Tuesday, 6/28/2011. You see, that was the day the Associated Press published the results of a year long study that included thorough historical record analysis and interviews with the actual engineers that designed IP and other old nuke plants (see link below). The AP unequivocally reported that nuke plant components were specifically designed for a maximum 40 year life, virtually assuring catastrophic failure if operation continues beyond that time period. So now the people who designed the plant have warned us: continuing operation of Indian Point beyond 40 years will lead to inevitable failure and certain radioactive exposure to our population. Faced with this certainty, calls for continued operation are simply madness.


  4. DRK says:

    Mayor Bloomberg gets it, once again. Lest anyone fails to see the value of a major energy producer to New York, I offer you Mayor Bloomberg’s full-throated perspective. It is a major energy producer to New York City. If they close Indian Point, that will cause blackouts. End of story. Additionally there is a call for more money being spent on suppliers of energy outside of the state. This is a waste of time and resources, which we are limited on at the present. The state of New York needs to focus on solutions to the current energy problems we face, like how to increase reliable in-state production. Closing Indian Point is the wrong choice, and not the answer.

  5. Alicia Blades says:

    The city of New York gets 25% of its energy from Indian Point and the Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that there will be blackouts if Indian Point is closed, yet Gov. Cuomo still wants to shut the plant down. And yet, we have still to hear of a credible reason why. I can understand the fears attached to nuclear power, but they are just that…fears.
    Nuclear energy is a safe form of reliable energy. Also, the new legislation referred to will allow for the building of new power plants but the process will still take at least five years, and will require multiple plants to replace Indian Point. By the way, anyone wants to guess where the new plants will be sited and build. My guess is not in Cuomo’s backyard. The common sense approach to a sound energy future for New York is to e build additional plants to work alongside Indian Point. The point of the new legislation was to make New York more energy self reliant and account for the continued growth the state is experiencing.
    Closing Indian Point does not address any of the current energy issues, such as reliability and increase in-state production, which New York faces. It just creates more problems that will have to be addressed.

    1. Steve L. says:

      You are sadly mistaken on many points. It is not about unfounded fears, and NYC does not get 25% of it’s power from Indian Pt contrary to industry claims. If you knew that a catastrophic radiation release from IP was inevitable, would you still call it safe and advocate for continue operation? Well, it is inevitable:

  6. MFrance says:

    As for Renewables: “Web giant Google said Tuesday that the United States stands to lose up to $3.2 trillion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth if it further delays policies that encourage renewable energy technology.

    In an economic study published on the company’s official blog…”

  7. Neil says:

    I agree with the closing of IP, however, disagreement appears to stem from concerns at sourcing replacement power. NY has just signed off on a transmission line bringing CHEAPER NJ power under the Hudson. There is another provider who is “shovel-ready” to provide another 700MW to NY within 2 years. NJ has the capacity for new cleaner plants and renewable energy, we must use transmission as new NY plants will get bogged down in the approval process.

  8. Remy Chevalier says:

    “provides 25 percent of the electricity for New York City and Westchester County” This figure has been proven wrong, over and over again, and yet, the media keeps repeating it. We know from the NYISO that it’s 4% of NYC’s needs, and 12% of Westchester and other surrounding counties, the rest of the electricity IP produces is sold out of state, and therefor, WE are taking the risk for someone’s else comfort! Shut down IP NOW!

  9. Chris says:

    Thanks, Governor Cuomo! After you shut down the nuke power plant(s), you can force your utilities to build all new ones fired by natural gas! Of course, your ratepayers will have to pay to have the new megazillion-dollar plants constructed, and you’ll have to pay us for the natural gas for the next couple of centuries, and it’ll still be years before they can come online so you’ll suffer rolling blackouts for a while, but, Hey! Just in case some tsunami came thundering in 35 miles or so inland and wiped out the cooling system in your reactor (the one that is nothing whatever like the Japanese reactors) you won’t have to worry about cleanup or evacuation! Of course, in that scenario there would be no NYC to evacuate or clean up, either, but, Hey! Let’s have some of those enviro-friendly solutions! More fossil fuels! Skyrocketing electric rates! Stratospheric taxes–New Yorkers don’t pay enough now! Most of all, we out here in the west look forward to selling you more and more natural gas! Even if you bankrupt and impoverish New York, you’re good for business out here! What a pro-business guy!

  10. Jonathan says:

    “Indian Point provides 25 percent of the electricity for New York City and Westchester County. Replacing that supply is a massive challenge.”

    No problem.

    Just burn 33% more fossil fuels to produce the needed electricity. Eco-terror activists will blame the electric companies for polluting the environment, I remember that’s why they pushed for the nuclear plants in the first place.

    All the voters will scream when their electric bills increase by 25%. Since electric is part of the overhead for every business, the cost of ALL goods and services will also increase. That includes every electric bus, NYC trains, and Metro North. The cost of refrigeration and air conditioning will jump 25% as will all perishable food items. The cost of this added financial burden on businesses will be passed along as increased prices.

    This will make NYC & Westchester less competitive while driving up inflation.

    What? You expected businesses to absorb the increased costs!

    Are you foolish liberals willing to absorb the increased costs in the business YOU own, or are you willing to take a pay cut so your boss can keep prices down without losing money?

    Then you’ll blame the electric companies for abusing their monopoly and you’ll yell at the politicians and demand they investigate how this happened.

    Make sure you thank yourselves for voting for Cuomo!

  11. ProFromDover says:

    Can’t wait for the kvetching and blamestorming that will follow when NYC has its first hot summer blackout after the plant is decommissioned, along with the looting and mayhem the “usual element” will unleash during the darkness.

    1. KPMc says:

      There was no looting or mayhem when the Northeast suffered the major blackout a few years ago. You are re-hashing behavior of the 70’s, veiled in racism, to scare people into accepting nuclear power.

      Stop thinking people are as gullible as you.

  12. JPB says:

    Even if you close it, the waste is not going anywhere – so how much have you really accomplished?

  13. Delphine says:

    Thank goodness. Congratulations Gov. Let’s not wait for a disaster to happen. I Inspiring to see New York take the lead. There are alternative energy sources that are available to use and NY could lead the way. It’s time!

  14. Just Desserts says:

    Please, let’s not hear any whining from you damn liberal commies when your taxes go up so much that your head will spin.
    You know, it really is amazing how much you stupid liberal puppets out there buy the socialist, communist line so easily. You don’t think for yourselves, and when your last right is taken away from you, don’t complain that you are living in a dictatorship that rivals the old Soviet Union. It will be your own faults.
    Oh, and congratulations for electing Cuomo as your Governor. An apple does not fall far off the diseased tree.

    1. Desserts in your face says:

      No one is whining. Only the conservatives whine like children.

      It’s amazing how much conservatives hate America.

    2. Michael H. says:

      Wow…that’s a whole lot of catch phrases lumped into one comment. Did you spend all night working on it?

    3. geoff says:

      Lberal Commies? You clearly don’t know how nuke plants are built and closed. Or what happens when there is an accident. We, the taxpayers, pay for it.

      The nuclear industry RELIES on socialism to exist. The only thing private about them is their profits.

      Open a book my friend and stop watching fox, it makes your brain small

    4. KPMc says:

      Have you ever had a thought that wasn’t fed to you by someone else? And you have the nerve to call other people puppets.

  15. Nick says:

    Close all nukes. Burn oil, coal and food. That’s better for the environment.

  16. Rick says:

    It’s about time. There are just too many people living nearby to evacuate should anything go wrong. Congrats to the Gov.

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