In order to move ahead on decommissioning the owner, Holtec, must empty the pool that stored the high level radioactive fuel rods.The water is contaminated with different radio active isotopes which could actually be stored on site along with the spent fuel rods.

“After decades of tremendous efforts to clean up the Hudson River, the idea of anyone dumping radioactive water into this estuary, the economic lifeblood of our region, is simply outrageous,” said Harckham.  The proposed legislation includes sanctions of $25,000 per day, then $50,000 per day for a second violation, and $150,000 per day per violation after that for any infractions of the rule.”