Indian Point Relicensing

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Earlier this month the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted unanimously to wait before approving new licenses for Indian Point or other nuclear plants until it can determine how to deal with safety and environmental threats posed by indefinite on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel. Attorney Richard Webster and Clearwater Environmental Director and NRC Petitioner Manna Jo Greene discuss the environmental impacts of on-site spent fuel storage at Indian Point, the vote, and how it impacts the relicensing decision for the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor.


Manna Jo Greene and Richard Webster

Comments [11]

A from NJ

The caller who referred to the female expert on the show as Leonard's "lady friend" needs to read this article:

Aug. 24 2012 10:38 AM
Donald from Ossining, NY

This is typical anti nuclear propaganda / tripe. Nothing new here. Same old story, same old tired talking points. These greens need to focus on the green revolution instead of attacking the nuclear industry which does a lot of good for the environment.

Aug. 23 2012 09:15 PM
Chris from New York

There are three real choices on the energy menu to power NYC. They each have their unique drawbacks.

Nuclear (spent fuel rod waste)
Coal (huge volumes of coal ash slurry)
Natural Gas (hydraulic fracturing)

Both fuel rod waste and coal ash slurry are substantially more toxic, dangerous and concentrated than the minor pollution emitted from natural gas production.

Yet the media's attention dwells on it thanks to the publicity generated by a documenatary film signature moment (the tap water on fire) was caused by biogenic gas naturally present in water wells... which had virtually nothing to do with fracking.

Aug. 22 2012 05:02 PM
Elle from Brooklyn

Did he really just say "your lady friend"?

Aug. 22 2012 12:35 PM
Len Moskowitz from Teaneck NJ

Your guests are talking about safety issues, but it seems clear that their real goal is to close Indian Point.

Would you please get them to say exactly that in a clear way?

Aug. 22 2012 12:34 PM
Alan - Philadelphia

How heavy is the nuclear industry lobbying to maintain n-plants and keep down the usage of renewable energy sources? Does it really come down to dollars?

Aug. 22 2012 12:33 PM
Spaceman Spiff from Brooklyn

If recycling spent fuel is not an option due to efficiency, why are we no longer pursuing extra-planetary space disposal via ground-launch systems like laser propulsion or railgun acceleration? The supposedly prohibitive costs would support technological development for all space exploration.

We cannot afford to store this deadly radioactive material for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. What governing body has proven to last that long? If the Romans had had nuclear power, would the rest of Earth in the ages after their fall have been safe from idiotic storage solutions?

Aug. 22 2012 12:32 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I went to CCNY and took a Earth Science course field trip. We stopped across from Indian Point. As you see in the picture, there appears to be a tall "smoke stack". The professor asked us what we thought it was used for. He told us it is used to release radon gas from the power plant. Monitors are placed in the surrounding land to look for unexpected concentrations of radon gas.

Aug. 22 2012 12:25 PM
OAR from Brooklyn

This story is a grotesque simplification of the situation at Indian Point and long term nuclear storage. Having two lawyers/lobbyists with little technical understanding and a bone to pick with nuclear power without a representative of the other side is unconscionable.

If Westchester were an economically depressed area, I doubt Cuomo would be against it. Not In My Back Yard or in the yard of your political donors.

Aug. 22 2012 12:23 PM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo and Peekskill

I grew up a few miles from Indian Pt. My friends Dads Company ( Westcon ) had the contract to pour the Cement, it made him a multi Millioniar .

We were always concerned about a meltdown or Radiactive leak. There is a Fault line near the Plant. Also storing the Radioactive material at each plant around our Country is Stupid, how come we cant put it all in that Mt. Vault out west ( Yucca Mt. ) Oh it was voted down after spending $$$$$$$ , or use it to just boil water and create steam, hence Power ? ?

Aug. 22 2012 12:12 PM
Smokey from LES

New forms of nuclear power can use spent fuel (it's still useful, just not in our current reactors) as fuel - and reduce the waste to a tiny percentage of what we have now. Then no need to find huge place or storage.

Aug. 22 2012 12:10 PM

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