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 — NY AREA and SHARE — 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.