NRC Approves Indian Point Operation During License Renewal

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Indian Point's Unit 2 will continue operation while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission goes through the unit's license renewal process. Photo Credit: File

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared that Indian Point Energy Center's Unit 2 can continue operation while officials go through the process of renewing the nuclear power plant's license, according to a press release.

Entergy Corporation, which purchased the third Indian Point reactor in 2000 and the second in 2001, began the process for a renewing the facility's 20-year license in 2007. Indian Point's Unit 2 and Unit 3 must have their licenses renewed by 2014 and 2016, respectively.

"As it always does, the NRC will provide continuous oversight through this period, and has performed many thousands of hours of inspections and reviews beforehand specifically to ensure appropriate safety preparations were made for this period," Indian Point officials said in a release.

The release also stated that Entergy has invested more than $1 billion in upgrades and enhancements in the facility. The company also says in the statement it has more than $100 million since the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks to strengthen security.

Indian Point, which generates approximately 25-percent of the New York City and Westchester County's electricity, has been noted for controversy, including as recently as July of this year when a former supervisor was charged with fabricating records.

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kevin.g.oneill:

ENTERGY TO SHUT VERMONT REACTOR; OPEN TO SETTLEMENT WITH NY STATE OVER FUTURE OF INDIAN POINT!!!

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Marilyn Elie:

On September 28 the NY Power Authority will end its contract with Indian Point. They found better prices elsewhere in the free market. They are not charging their municipal customers any more money. NY has a robust commodities market in electricity. Indian Point is selling 1400MW of its electricity in the New England market because they have no market for it here.

We have a surplus of electricity. Those who believe otherwise have fallen for the Entergy propaganda that that you see everywhere. Just because they say it does not make it true. The Independent Service Operators who are charged with operating our grid and setting the standards or reliability have said that Unit 2 could go off the market tomorrow and wuld not be missed. There may be a problem in 2017, depending on the economy and IF nothing is done to prepare. This does not mean more generation. It could just as easily be improved transmission, demand response programs or conservation and efficiency.

DEE DEE:

LET'S SHUT IT DOWN AND WATCH HOW HIGH ELECTRIC BILLS GO UP. ALSO WHEN THEY DO CLOSE IT SOME DAY THE OWNER EVER WHO IT MAY BE GET'S TO WALK AWAY AND LEAVE THE MESS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE CLEAN UP. SO

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