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Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant’s Future in Question

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant run by the Entergy Corporation is outdated and destructive to aquatic life in the Hudson River. The state ruling denies the power plant a crucial water quality permit.

Alex Matthiessen, president of environmental group Riverkeeper, which has been fighting to close the Buchanan, NY, facility for years, says the future of the plant is now in doubt.

“Basically the DEC has exercised one of the few options it has to block the re-licensing of the nuclear power plant, and that's a big development in the long-time effort to shut this plant down,” Matthiessen says. “We're not talking about shutting down the plant tomorrow -- it just simply means this presents a major obstacle for Entergy to get the 20-year license extension they're seeking.”

Entergy says it is still reviewing its options. It could build new cooling towers, but the company says that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Indian Point provides electricity to New York City and Westchester County.

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