The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the sale of the “Indian Point” power plant north of NYC to a New Jersey company for decommissioning, a process that takes decades to safely complete.
The five members of the NRC –independent agency of the federal government- said Monday they expected to issue an order within a week allowing the current owner of the 240 acres, Entergy, transfer your license to Holtec Decommissioning International.
The approval came despite requests from state and local officials for the NRC to hold public hearings before taking action, highlighted Pix11.
The Unit 2 reactor at the plant along the Hudson River it was permanently closed in April of this year, due to ecological pressure and fear of radiation and terrorism. The last working reactor will shut down in April 2021, as part of an agreement reached in January 2017 between Entergy Corp., New York State, and the environmental group Riverkeeper.
The plant generated a quarter of the electricity used in New York City and the Westchester County suburb through 2017. But the corporation that manages the state’s power grid concluded that the closure would not affect its ability to keep the lights on thanks to the new natural gas plants and efficiency measures.
Authorities have long called for the closure, saying the plant, located 24 miles north of Manhattan, it posed too great a risk for millions of people who live and work nearby.
Riverkeeper also denounced for years fish kills in the Hudson River, soil and water contamination, recurring emergency stops and vulnerability to terrorist attacks.
Entergy cited the low natural gas prices and rising operating costs as key factors in your decision to close “Indian Point Energy Center”, that joins 13 other US nuclear power plants that have begun decommissioning, which takes decades, to the point that I no longer present a radioactive hazard.
Under the dismantling process, the spent fuel rod assemblies are initially placed in water where they are cooled for at least two years. The spent fuel is then transferred to steel and concrete cylinders that remain on site until a national nuclear waste storage facility.
Besides criticizing the loss of hundreds of jobs, Opponents of the Indian Point closure noted that the plant did not emit emissions into the atmosphere and that it will be largely replaced by fossil fuel sources that contribute to the climate change.
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– NE Energy News (@McMComm) November 18, 2020