Decision on Indian Point Delayed Until 2010

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Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have succeeded in delaying a decision on whether to re-license the plant, which is about 35 miles north of New York City.

Officials now say there will be no final judgment on re-licensing until August of 2010 at the earliest, a delay of four months.

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a petition to renew Indian Point's operating license so the two reactors can keep running into 2030.

But the NRC says its staff needs more time to complete two reports on the plant - an Environmental Impact Statement and a Safety Evaluation Report. Both documents are central to the NRC's review.

An NRC spokesman says one reason for the delay is the large number of opposing motions raised by New York State and environmental groups.