Indian Point

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A good government group in New York is concerned about some of the lobbying activities of the parent company of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. To this end, the group is urging a state commission on ethics to investigate. Meanwhile, an Indian Point spokesman says the plant’s parent is operating within the law.

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TARRYTOWN – The day that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission outlined the criteria for the good grades it gave the Indian Point nuclear power plants for their operations in 2012, proponents of not renewing Entergy’s licenses to operate the two units continued their lobbying toward that goal.

On the other side of the issue is New York AREA, which is comprised of organizations and businesses that support Indian Point. The 2012 rating is the latest in a long line of good grades for the plants, said NY AREA’s director Jerry Kremer.

NRC Grades Indian Point; Plant Opponents Grade The NRC

May 14, 2013
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting and open house this evening to discuss the Commission’s recent safety assessment of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Earlier today, Indian Point opponents issued their own report card, grading the NRC.

A number of leaders of environmental and citizens’ groups stood near the Hudson River in Peekskill Tuesday, with the Indian Point power plant reactors in the background. Former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky was among them.

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TARRYTOWN – Nuclear Regulatory Commission regional officials say the Indian Point nuclear power plant, in Buchanan, operated safely during 2012.

That does not mean Indian Point 2 is on the fast track for renewal of its operating license, which expires in September.

Regional administrator of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission William Dean told reporters in Tarrytown Monday that the actual renewal is a long way off, but that won’t keep the plant from operating.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The federal fisheries service says the continued operation of two nuclear plants in the Hudson Valley would kill hundreds of fish in two protected species, but would not come close to wiping them out.

Indian Point Employee Faces Copper Theft Charge

Jan 27, 2013

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police have charged a second worker at the Indian Point nuclear power plant with stealing material. They allege 40-year-old Christopher Albea of Dutchess County’s Wappingers Falls stole several thousand pounds of copper worth more than $10,000, and sold it at a scrap yard. 

An appeals court has ruled that public participation, nearly all the time, must be included when federal regulators consider granting safety exemptions to nuclear power plants. Monday’s ruling has to do with a fire-safety exemption that was granted for Indian Point 3. The case is Brodsky versus the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and it falls under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Former New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky argued the case on behalf of a group of plaintiffs, including the Sierra Club-Atlantic Chapter, and Westchester’s Citizens Awareness Network. In this week’s ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated part of a district court ruling involving an exemption to fire-safety rules. Here’ Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan:

The final decision on Indian Point's 20-year license renewal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has hit another snag... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

The NRC will hold off before approving new licenses for Indian Point (and other nuclear plants)  until the problem of dealing with safety and environmental threats posed by on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel is addressed...

Spent fuel has been building up on-site at the 40-year-old Buchanan reactors in the absence of any permanent repository. 

It took three years to get the official approval necessary to allow Indian Point to move spent nuclear fuel from one storage area to other. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas explains, the process in getting special permission could affect re-licensing the plant’s reactors…

An administrator says federal regulators are researching whether nuclear plants can be licensed to run beyond the current limit of 60 years. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The comment came as representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed the two Indian Point plants in the New York City suburbs.

Indian Point's owner is seeking new licenses that would extend the plants' life to 60 years. Regional administrator Bill Dean said Wednesday the NRC is looking into whether additional extensions could be granted. None of the nation's plants is more than 45 years old.