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Tonight: Another Nuclear Hearing in Tarrytown

But the Indian Point nuclear plant is still expected to operate well past its expired license in the fall.

Indian Point is soon to become the first nuclear plant in the nation operating without a license, according to CBS News and various other media outlets.

This evening officials are holding a public meeting at Tarrytown’s DoubleTree Hotel to discuss results from 2012 safety assessments. Both Indian Point 2 and 3 plants, which are located in Buchanan, received a "green" rating indicating a "very low safety significance."

However, various environmental groups, including Riverkeeper and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, plan to release their own safety findings today in Peekskill calling for the plant’s closure.

Officials say it would take at least another year to complete the renewal process on the 40-year lease that expires in September. Plant operator Entergy aims for another 20 years.

From the Nuclear Regulatory Commission notice for tonight:

The open house is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, at 455 South Broadway in Tarrytown. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to hold one-on-one discussions with NRC staff members about the plant’s 2012 performance and the agency’s oversight of the facility. Beginning at 7 p.m., the NRC staff will conduct a public meeting at the same location. It will consist of a formal question-and-answer session regarding plant performance and oversight topics.

Will you be there? What do you think about the plant continuing to operate without a license? Weigh in below. 

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jo May 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM
so when you hit the switch and turn it off.. pray tell..where will the power come from.. and how high will the increases be...
JM May 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Former IBMer who learned the hard way about professional jobs in Westchester while most of you enjoyed sipping tea and vacation and six-digit salaries. When those who seek Indian Point's closure come up with alternative $100K professional jobs to replace its current headcount...in Peekskill....coupled with the funding to take the structures down after closure as not to visually pollute the Hudson River scene for the next 2,000 years, which I estimate would require $3.65 million dollars in deconstruction fees, then I'll agree with the closure. Until that happens, I say capitalism and jobs overrule any safety or environmental causes. But if we were a rational, intellectual society (which we aren't a.k.a. France and IBM) we'd have the most advance nuclear energy system in the history of mankind--and have no worries whatsoever over Indian Point.
Teleman May 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Come on, wind and solar is such a viable alternative LOFL
joshua tanner May 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I'm not against nuclear power but I don't like location of Indian Point, and I don't trust the plant to be run well after an Al Qeada member was found working in a nuke plant. Al Qaeda put out an order for members to join power plants, and US society is so dysfunctionally PC they would have an easy time of it. I also think any plant near a big city like NY should be run by the military (many nuclear plant workers come from the military anyway). In Fukushima disaster many workers stayed (called the Fukushima 50) many hours in the plant facing of possible death. I don't know if modern Americans have that kind of commitment , and could see a plant being deserted in a real crisis.
Teleman May 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I am pro-nuclear but I have reservations about a plant this old continuing operation.. We have to be entering uncharted territory with the age of the components in that plant.

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