MUNICIPAL RESOLUTION URGING THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE
TO ADOPT LEGISLATION CREATING A CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT BOARD FOR
THE DECOMMISSIONING OF INDIAN POINT ENERGY CENTER
Whereas the ______(town/village/city) Board/Council strives to protect its residents, businesses and institutions.
Whereas _______(town/village/city) is located within 50-miles of the Indian Point nuclear power plant and a radioactive release there could render _______(town/village/city) uninhabitable for generations and/or adversely impact the health of _______(town/village/city) residents and business and institution personnel, and
Whereas according to the January 8, 2017 Indian Point Closure Settlement Agreement, Indian Point reactors 2 and 3 are scheduled to be closed in 2020 and 2021, respectively, and more than 2,700 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel will be stored onsite, and
Whereas, it will take decades to transfer the radioactive spent fuel to onsite dry cask, where it will be safer but not fully safe, and
Whereas, a large high pressure 42” diameter gas transmission pipeline transverses the Indian Point property and a rupture in the pipeline at or near that location could destroy critical Indian Point nuclear safety infrastructure and back-up cooling equipment, and
Whereas, in February 2016 Governor Cuomo, recognizing the dangers of the co-location of the pipeline and Indian Point, called for a risk assessment that was to be completed by September 2016, the scope of which was subsequently expanded and due to be completed on December 31, 2016, and
Whereas, the safe decommissioning of Indian Point is critical to the well-being of _______(town/village/city) residents, businesses and institutions, and
Whereas, the citizens in the region surrounding Indian Point will be most impacted by the decisions made regarding decommissioning, and should therefore have effective input into that decision-making process, and
Whereas, a Citizens’ Oversight Board for decommissioning can act on behalf of residents, businesses and institutions and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission states in “Nuclear Regulatory Experience in the Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants” that in the reactor decommissioning proposed rule-making a Citizen Advisory Board be a required part of the decommissioning process.
Therefore, be it resolved that the _______(town/village/city) Board/Council, in the interests of its residents, businesses and institutions, urges the New York State Legislature to adopt legislation creating a Citizens’ Oversight Board to ensure the safest possible decommissioning of Indian Point and other New York nuclear reactors, as described in the Attachment A; and, be it further
Resolved, that the Governor’s Risk Assessment must be released as soon as possible so that elected officials, emergency providers and the public have the benefits of this information to be better prepared and that Entergy, the NRC and the Citizen Oversight Board can include this information in decommissioning planning; and, be it further
Resolved, that it is in the interest of the well-being of ______(town/village/city)’s residents, businesses and institutions that the State conducts and releases an assessment that includes public input that addresses the risks of siting a gas power plant on or near Indian Point prior to further discussions regarding the possibility of allowing such a plant at that location; and, be it further
Resolved, that the _____(town/village/city) Clerk shall forward this Resolution, with attachments, to the Governor of New York and to the New York State Legislators in both the New York State Senate and the Assembly that represents the _____(town/village/city), and to New York’s Public Service Commission, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, Empire State Development, NYSERDA and the Office of the NY State Attorney General to urge these actions be taken as promptly as possible.