Indian Point Owner Spends Big in Push to Relicense: Report

Company using 'front groups' to win support for aging nuclear plant

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Indian Point nuclear power plant (hopefoote/flickr)

The owner of Indian Point nuclear plant has thrown millions into lobbying and political donations as it tries to get its facility relicensed for another 20 years, according to a report released today.

The company also used two nonprofit coalitions as so-called "front groups" in its efforts to win support for Indian Point, advocacy group Common Cause found.

Entergy, the owner of Indian Point, has been working since 2007 to get its two aging reactors relicensed. Environmental groups and some officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, said they're concerned it's unsafe for the 40-year-old plant to keep operating just 25 miles from New York City.

A spokesman for Entergy, Jerry Nappi, said the nonprofit coalitions โ€” NY AREA and SHARE โ€” have readily acknowledged that the company was a founding member. A number of organizations such as unions and business groups are also involved with the coalitions, Nappi pointed out. He added that the amount spent on lobbying and political activities a year is relatively small given the size of the company.

The license for one of Indian Point's reactors expires in September.


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Atomikrabbit from NY

so-called "front groups"

Robert - since this is a quote, who said it? You?
Does that make Riverkeeper a "front group" for the natural gas interests that would love nothing better than replacing the 2100 reliable baseload MWs produced by Indian Point with their own product?

"two aging reactors"
Do you conistently apply that adjective when discussing the 110 year old Kensico Dam, the 60 year old gas pipelines that run under much of Westchester, or the lovingly maintained '66 Mustang cruising down the highway? If you don't, then your choice of words describes a position of advocacy rather than reportage, and you should admit that upfront.

May. 31 2013 01:51 PM

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