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NRC, NYS Discuss A Repair At Indian Point

NRC, NYS Discuss A Repair At Indian Point

Safety at the soon-to-be shuttered Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County was the subject of a public conference call Thursday with officials from New York state and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At issue was a repair at one of the reactors. The NRC had approved the method of repair and says there is...
Storage and Transport of Irradiated Fuel Rods

Storage and Transport of Irradiated Fuel Rods

Storing and transporting irradiated fuel rods has been the subject of much discussion and misinformation.  Part of the problem is the vocabulary that is commonly used when discussing this thorny problem. This is an attempt to clarify the current process at Indian Point as high-level radioactive waste is moved from fuel pools to on-site storage....
Riverkeeper pledges legal action against efforts to replace Indian Point energy with gas

Riverkeeper pledges legal action against efforts to replace Indian Point energy with gas

The environmental group Riverkeeper plans to challenge a Maryland company’s efforts to operate a natural gas plant in New York because of its ties to a former top Cuomo Administration aide convicted of bribery, The Journal News/lohud.com has learned. The move threatens to upend the state’s energy future once the Indian Point nuclear power plant...
State budget includes $24 million for power plant closure fund

State budget includes $24 million for power plant closure fund

ALBANY – A total of $24 million has been included in the new state budget for communities affected by power plant closures. The power plant closure fund provides financial assistance to municipalities and school districts that experience a 20 percent loss in tax collections directly due to a power plant closing. Last year $15 million...
Officials, Activists Implore Cuomo to Release Risk Assessment of Pipeline

Officials, Activists Implore Cuomo to Release Risk Assessment of Pipeline

Local elected officials and activists gathered outside Cortlandt Town Hall Thursday evening to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to release the results of a risk assessment of a high-pressure gas pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear plants that is more than two years overdue. “How much longer will the governor make us wait?” said Courtney Williams,...

Leslie Sullivan Sachs: Vermont Yankee impossible to trust

Entergy, the owner of Indian Point reactors, also owns VT Yankee. They are trying to sell  the reactor to a decommissioning firm called North Star.  It is anticipated that North Star will also bid for the job of decommissioning Indian Point.  The behavior of Entergy in VT is described by a resident who saw it...

IP2 begins final refueling and maintenance outage

BUCHANAN – The Indian Point nuclear power plant unit two has been shut down for its 23rd and final scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Entergy will also perform upgrades to the facility, said spokesman Jerry Nappi. “In order for the plant to run reliably for another two years the company made a commitment to invest...
As Nuclear Plant Closes, Fears Shift From Contamination to Financial Pain

As Nuclear Plant Closes, Fears Shift From Contamination to Financial Pain

CORTLANDT, N.Y.—The closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant is three years away but already the local school district is preparing for the possibility of teacher layoffs, higher taxes and even shutting down a school. Hendrick Hudson School District, a system with nearly 2,500 students, derives about a third of its annual budget—or $24 million—from Indian...
Earth Matters: Percoco and the Power Plant

Earth Matters: Percoco and the Power Plant

Before the first backhoe broke ground in 2015 for the new 22-acre Valley Energy Center off Route 6 in the Orange County town of Wawayanda, concerned neighbors and county residents were already organized as Protect Orange County (POC). As early as 2013, they were picketing the proposed site to protest the permits issued for a massive fracked gas plant....
Seven years later: Contradictory responses to Fukushima

Seven years later: Contradictory responses to Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, the one-two punch from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami wave it triggered left workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan powerless to prevent three reactors from melting down. In March 2017, the Japan Center for Economic Research estimated that the cleanup cost could range from $470...
Nuclear Tragedy Anniversary Raises Concerns about Indian Point

Nuclear Tragedy Anniversary Raises Concerns about Indian Point

A group of environmentalists gathered in Peekskill Sunday afternoon commemorating the seventh anniversary of the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, Japan and cautioning if Indian Point could be next. Throughout the five-hour ceremony, members of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) sang songs, gathered in prayer and raised awareness to the possible effects radiation exposure...
"Why Didn't You Fight Back?" And Other Questions That Keep Male Sexual Harassment Victims Silent

“Why Didn’t You Fight Back?” And Other Questions That Keep Male Sexual Harassment Victims Silent

Until just 20 years ago, federal law didn’t even accept that men could be harassed by other men. These men’s stories show we still have a long way to go. Even before the butt-grabbing incident, James Tepperwien said his colleague Vito Messina had come onto him at least three times. Usually it happened during target...