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Monthly archive June, 2018

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Begins Final Refueling

One of the two operating Indian Point nuclear power plants in the Village of Buchanan received its last fill-up of fuel last week. Control room operators shut down Unit 2 to begin the 23rd and final scheduled refueling and maintenance outage for the generating unit, which has powered New York City and the lower Hudson...

Latimer Pledges to Help Local Task Force Offset Indian Point Loss

Westchester County Executive George Latimer pledged to assist local leaders and municipalities in their effort to offset the loss of annual revenue after the Indian Point nuclear power plants shut down in a few years. During a 90-minute appearance before the Community Local Unity Task Force at Cortlandt Town Hall Thursday night, Latimer said the...
Knickerbocker Reelected Mayor in Village of Buchanan

Knickerbocker Reelected Mayor in Village of Buchanan

It was an eventful week for Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker. On Tuesday, Knickerbocker was reelected to a third two-year term leading the village where she has lived most of her life on Henry Street. Knickerbocker, running on the Democratic and Resident’s Party lines, outlasted Republican challenger Robert Lupica, 174 votes to 47, according to unofficial...
Citizens Oversight Board

Citizens Oversight Board

DRAFT – CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT BOARD (COB) LEGISLATION AN ACT to amend the public service law, to provide for a Citizens’ Oversight Board for the Decommissioning and ongoing Nuclear Waste provisions of the Indian Point Energy Center. Definitions. As used in this subsection, each of the following terms has the meaning assigned: “Indian Point Energy Center,”...
Bipartisan Support for Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Bill — Except in Nevada

Bipartisan Support for Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Bill — Except in Nevada

The House will take up legislation this week that would help restart the stalled process for making Nevada’s Yucca Mountain a central repository for commercial nuclear waste. After years of false starts and misses, the bill is moving with bipartisan support. In Nevada, however, there is bipartisan opposition to the Yucca project, and the state’s...

Addressing the impact of Indian Point’s closure

Indian Point Energy Center is scheduled to cease operation in 2021. When the plant closes, the Village of Buchanan and the Town of Cortlandt will be left with a large amount of stranded nuclear waste onsite. This week I offered an amendment with Congressman Brad Schneider (IL) that would help communities like Buchanan and the...
Unanticipated Radioactive Repercussions

Unanticipated Radioactive Repercussions

I have been asked to provide some facts about radiation from nuclear plants. A crippled nuclear reactor is dangerous not because it gives off invisible rays, but because it disseminates harmful radioactive pollutants. So I prefer to use the word “radioactivity” rather than “radiation”. What is radioactivity? Radioactivity is not a thing, but a property...

Terra Firma Article

This article appeared in the May 2018 issue of Terra Firm, the Newsletter for the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group.   Replacement?  What replacement? Misguided Critics Say… Closing a nuclear reactor means another gas plant will open to replace it. We need to keep nuclear plants open in order to hold greenhouse gases down.  Why can’t environmentalists...

Response to ‘Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems’

A recent article ‘Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems’ claims that many studies of 100% renewable electricity systems do not demonstrate sufficient technical feasibility, according to the criteria of the article’s authors (henceforth ‘the authors’). Here we analyse the authors’ methodology and find it problematic. The feasibility criteria...

Local Task Force Meeting Highlights

Hi All – As I promised, here are some highlights from the Local Task Force meeting last night. I also took some videos of the Entergy presentation until my phone battery ran out – so let me know if you’d like those to use as ‘source material’ for some of these points. I’m sure that...

Letter to Secretary Burgess

Dear Secretary Burgess: My name is Gary Shaw and I live within six miles of Indian Point. I have been observing the operations of Indian Point since the steam pipe rupture in February, 2000, and observing Entergy’s management since they bought Indian Point in 2001. We have seen how poorly the NRC protects the public...
Indian Point Planning to Shut Down as Scheduled in 2021

Indian Point Planning to Shut Down as Scheduled in 2021