Holtec, the firm responsible for decommissioning the Indian Point nuclear plant, is holding off on its planned discharges of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson in May. According to the Decommissioning Oversight Board chair, the decision will allow time to independently analyze the spent fuel pool water before it is released, and allow time for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to answer important questions raised by Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.
“Holtec’s decision to pause its hastily planned release of 1 million gallons of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River demonstrates the power of local residents organizing to protect their communities and our river. While the expedited release timeline starting as early as May has been suspended, the tritiated wastewater could still be discharged during the summer while people are swimming and fish are migrating and spawning in the Hudson. This plan is totally unacceptable,” said Tracy Brown, President of Riverkeeper. “We have a decommissioning oversight board for Indian Point to ensure environmental and public health don’t lose out against corporate profits. Riverkeeper stands with our community and our elected officials, calling on Holtec to engage with that board and agree upon a disposal plan for the radioactive wastewater that supports the current health of our Hudson River and Valley.”