NRC Commissioner Visits Indian Point
Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2012-05-31 09:55.
William Magwood, one of five Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners who will decide the fate of Indian Point in the coming months, got a first-hand look at the facility on Wednesday.
The commissioner toured the facility, asked questions of parent company Entergy, met with the pro-Indian Point organization AREA and took a boat ride on the Hudson River with Riverkeeper -- and organization that would like see the plant closed down.
Indian Point has NRC licenses for two reactors: Unit 2, whose license will expire next year, and Unit 3, which will expire in 2015. Entergy's application requested a joint license renewal for both units.
Entergy is putting more than a billion dollars into the renewal process, making a significant investment to pass all safety requirements to get another twenty years to operate.
But Riverkeeper's Paul Gallay isn't so sure the NRC will go along. Entergy will have to obtain a water-quality certificate from the New York State government for the relicensing and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated his interest in closing Indian Point.
“You can close Indian Point down tomorrow and you would still have enough power left to power the region with a surplus through 2020," Gallay told Empire State News.
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