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Environmentalists Fight Against Indian Point's Re-licencing

Friday, February 13, 2009

Environmentalists are fighting against renewing licenses that would allow Indian Point to operate for another 20 years.

GREENE: We know that the leaking from the plant is getting into the Hudson River and therefore getting into the fish and crab. It could be affecting people who are eating the fish from the Hudson River.

REPORTER: That's Manna Jo Greene with the environmental group Clearwater. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing applications for re-licensing the power plant and held two public hearings yesterday as part of the process.

Greene says the state should look for viable sources of clean energy such as solar, wind and geothermal, instead of relying on nuclear power. But Jeff Connolly, who represents about half dozen labor unions who work in the energy industry, disagrees. He says the plant has been safe for his workers for decades, and if it closes down it will be disastrous.

CONNOLLY: If Indian Point does not get re-licensed, 2,000 megawatts will be lost, prices will spike and they will have to answer to the public about why energy costs so much.

REPORTER: The review of the re-licensing application by the NRC is expected to take at least a year.

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