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PSC Tells Con Ed to Plan for Life Without Indian Point

The directive comes as the nuclear energy facility takes part in hearings for the renewal of its license.

BUCHANAN, NY—The Public Service Commission is telling Con Ed to make preparations for a possible closure of the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan.

On Tuesday, the Commission began proceedings to develop a contingency plan in the  event of a closing of Indian Point,  the nuclear power plant located in Westchester County, approximately 30 miles north of Manhattan.   

The Commission directed Con Ed to work with the New York Power Authority to develop and file a contingency plan to address the needs that would arise in the event the Indian Point units shut down. 

 Entergy, the company that runs Indian Point, is currently in the middle of licensing renewal hearings that are scheduled to reconvene Dec. 10-14. The original 40-year operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are due to expire on Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 12, 2015.

Entergy and its employees continuously demonstrate the plants are safely operated, and is committed to safely operating this important facility for many more years to come," Jerry Nappi, an Entergy spokesman, told Reuters in an email.

Con Ed told Reuters in the same article that it will comply with the Commission’s wishes.

The directive was given as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint issued by the Energy Highway Task Force in October. The goal of the Highway Blueprint is to investigate ways to better deliver and meet the energy needs of downstate New York.

Cuomo has also stated in the past that he wishes to shut down the nuclear power facility. 

“A growing, vibrant economy requires an energy production and delivery system that provides the stable foundation companies need to invest  in their facilities and workforce, to expand operations and hire new workers,” said Commission Chairman Garry  Brown. “In addition to strengthening the economy, the Energy Highway will enhance New York State’s investment in clean energy production.” 

Indian Point's two operating nuclear powerplants generate roughly 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

Collegenurse November 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I have never been a big fan of nuclear energy, having said that closing down IP now is the dumbest idea ever. Most likely in my lifetime and my grandchildrens life time they will NEVER remove the spent fuel rods that are there and transport them to a waste deposit out west. How would they ever do it? Lets see go south with them towards NYC NOT!! Wait go north then west through many states and communities NOT...so in essence they are there to stay why not put the facility to good use. Cuomo is not thinking....what source of energy does he want to use to light his house?
William Nuesslein November 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I am a proud Democrat, but not having a viable Republican party puts too much political power into the hands of ignorant activists. Andrew Coumo was elected Governor. So was Elliot Spitzer. GOOD GRIEF! Closing Indian Point has been under study for decades. The plant is always found to be terrific, and the arguments against it are shown to be inane. Why would God bless Andrew Coumo with the truth? Is he a Richard Feynman or Stephen Weingberg? He is more a Cotton Mather.
Not as clever as I think November 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM
For far too long I have been saying that the cost of nuclear energy has negated the expense of disposal of nuclear waste. All the advocates for this "cheap" source of energy do not compute the full costs. Closing Indian Point will still present us locals with the ever present threat of the haphazzard storage of this deadly environmental contaminent. Any threat to Indian Point that might vaporize this deadly wastepile is far more a dangerous to us than the well protected containment of the active nuclear material. What to do What to do... call me WORRIED IN BUCHANAN
Collegenurse November 29, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Gene my sentiment exactly....keep it well protected because once Entergy leaves who will mind the waste? call me worried in peekskill IP is less than a mile from my home.
Peter F. Alexander November 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Yucca Mountain in Nevada has been ready to receive hundreds of years of waste since 1991. "Offiially" approved in 2002 Harry Reid has stopped it through fear sales to assure his place in the hierarchy of DC incompetence. "Waste" can be re processed and recycled and reused at a safer rate too. Do not forget Cuomo 1st. ran LI plant for 8 minuets following his re-election to hand 45 million to unions as payoff for support. Where was that waste shipped to.....
marilyn elie November 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
It was the head of the the utility who ordered the Long Island plant online, not Cuomo. He thought if it went online no one would be able to close it. He was wrong. The irradiated fuel rods are still on site. Yucca is not a viable solution. Plus the people of Nevada do not want to be the nuclear dumping ground of the country. They don't even have a nuclear plant in the state. Which is why they keep electing Harry Reid to represent them. As is their right. No reactor in this country uses the mixed oxide fuel from reprocessing. Reprocessing still requires a geologic repository. And. by the way Yucca would have only held what is currently in spent fuel pools in reactors across the country. It would have taken 20 years to ship it all there and then we would be back at square one, looking for another high level radio active waste dump in somebody's back yard.
Inigo Montoya November 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Radical environmentalists want to save some fish and trump up imaginary fears about the plant. Meanwhile, they don't come up with any plan to replace the energy that IP produces. Windmills? No, you'd need about 100,000 of them, constant wind, and then somebody would complain about birds having to fly past them. How about solar? Great, if we totally cover the state in a giant solar panel, we might replace the power....during the day....when it's sunny out. Hmmmm....what's left? Coal? Great. We've got lots of it, 4 or 5 trainloads coming in every day 365 days a year with good old fashioned coal to burn ought to please the environmentalists. Any other ideas? Buy candles, I guess...but they put off carbon monoxide. Yes, close Indian Point. Just make sure you have a viable way to replace the power you're losing BEFORE you pull the plug.
Craig Noor November 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM
There's no evacuation plan ... if anything happens, the heavily populated portion of the tristate area is in trouble. Close it yesterday.
James Adnaraf February 17, 2013 at 04:01 PM
What bothers me about the militant environementalists is not their opposition to Indian Point. Indeed, putting a nuclear power plant in a heavily populated area is foolish, and represents unwise safety risks, even if they are not likely to come to pass. The hardline environmentalists oppose more oil drilling, more refineries, and more exploitation of massive natural gas resources. They want renewables, and say how great Germany is doing on wind energy. Renewables are a nice help, a nice supplement, but even in Germany, may make up possibly 40% of the electric grid (optimistically speaking) by 2030. Different studies give different percentages. Renewables are nowhere being able to play a major role, in the next 15 years, in our energy mix. It is not a conspiracy, it is a technological reality. No nukes, no oil drilling, no new refineries, no new natural gas exploitation, and a pipe dream on renewables. That is the world of the environmental extremists. And, I do not work for an energy company, and I have to breathe the same air as they do, so the insults can fly, but they will be invalid.
Aidan February 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Thanks for the logic. This is economic suicide.

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