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U.S. Congressman: State Review Of Indian Point Shows It Should Be Shut Down

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, said the latest state assessment of Indian Point shows that the nuclear plant should be replaced by a safer energy source. Here, Maloney is talking to Town of Wappinger Supervisor Barbara Gutzler.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, said the latest state assessment of Indian Point shows that the nuclear plant should be replaced by a safer energy source. Here, Maloney is talking to Town of Wappinger Supervisor Barbara Gutzler. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, on Friday said that a recent state review of Indian Point shows the nuclear plant should be closed permanently and replaced by another source of energy.

Maloney, whose congressional district represents Rockland, Dutchess and parts of Westchester and Putnam counties, said in a statement: "This latest Indian Point assessment has shown yet again that this facility just doesn’t make sense for the community and the surrounding environment."

Entergy withdrew its Coastal Zone Management Assessment (CZMA) consistency determination on Nov. 5, 2014, "so there effectively is nothing for the NYSDOS (New York State Department of State) to object to," Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Entergy, the nuclear power plant's operator, said in a statement on Friday.

Maloney added: "I appreciate the steps that the New York Department of State has taken to ensure the safety of folks living near Indian Point. It’s time we focus our efforts winding down Indian Point and get serious about replacing it with a source of energy production that will create and preserve jobs while reducing the risks to our neighbors and our wildlife.”

Entergy's CZMA withdrawal was made in order to ensure that NYSDOS has the opportunity to review an update to the federally-issued Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS), according to Nappi.

The FSEIS update -- which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced is slated to be issued in September 2016 -- will reflect the NRC staff’s analysis of new data about Indian Point’s impact on the Hudson River, Nappi said.

Entergy committed to file a new CZMA consistency certification shortly after issuance of this FSEIS update planned by the NRC unless Entergy had first obtained a final determination that no CZMA review of Indian Point was required, Nappi added.

Entergy argued before a state appellate court that Indian Point was grandfathered under existing state law and did not need a CZMA certification. The New York Appellate Court agreed with Entergy in December 2014.

The State appealed the decision to the highest state court – the Court of Appeals. Oral arguments in front of the state Court of Appeals are expected to begin in January and a decision is expected by the end of June 2016, according to Nappi.

Entergy separately argued to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it doesn’t need a CZMA certification from New York because the Buchanan facilities were reviewed by the state of New York when Entergy bought the decades-old plants in 2000-01.

Here is a synopsis of the complex review processes and licensing issues.

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