Indian Point Nuclear Reactors to Close by 2021

Two remaining nuclear reactors at Indian Point will be closed down– one by April 2020 and the second by April 2021

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Indian Point Update: Critical Bolts Damaged and Missing

Inspection shows 25% of the bolts keeping the inner walls of the reactor core from coming apart–were either missing or seriously degraded

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High Levels of Radioactivity at Westchester’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Andrew M. Cuomo ordered an investigation of recent “alarmingly high” levels of radioactive tritium-contaminated groundwater found at the Indian Point nuclear plant

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Concerns About Pipeline Near Indian Point in Westchester

Some say they are concerned Spectra Energy’s pipeline project so close to the Indian Point nuclear power facility.

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Public Outcry Over Pipeline Near Indian Point

Opponents of the Spectra proposal argue that the siting of this massive pipeline within 105 feet from vital structures at the aging Indian Point nuclear facility poses a dire threat to 20 million people

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Indian Point Must Submit Hazard Plan: NRC

The NRC wants rigorous seismic hazard analysis plan by December 31

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Will Entergy Close Indian Point?

Entergy Corporation, the company that owns the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant iwill close its Vermont Yankee plant in 2014,

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State Orders New Energy Plan In Case Indian Point Shuts Down

Having experienced the devastating impacts of widespread power losses from Hurricane Sandy, the PSC’s order seems doubly warranted.

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Should Indian Point Close? Public Hearings in Tarrytown

Three judges will hear expert testimony this week on whether to renew Indian Point’s operating license for another 20 years.

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Should Indian Point Evacuation Zone Include Lower Westchester?

 

Westchester legislators are pushing to extend the 10-mile evacuation zone around Indian Point, located in Buchanan, to 50 miles, reports LoHud. If the zone were expanded to 50 miles it would stretch from New York City north past Poughkeepsie. Westchester County Emergency Services Commissioner Anthony Sutton said he’s worried by the government’s use of the 50-mile zone in Japan, but still believes 10 miles is safe. Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, and Martin Rogowsky, D-Harrison, said they think the zone should be expanded based on findings that high radiation levels were measured 25 miles from the Fukushima plant in Japan. Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi said it’s too soon to consider expanding the zone.

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Westchester.gov Web Sites Seem to be Working

Several of the Westchester.gov Web sites run by the County seem to be back up–at least sporadically– after being hacked Friday. The hacker’s message poked fun at the county’s computer security, saying “Security is a joke! Your box owned by Mr.XHat Greets To: All Underground Hackers & Mafia Bands.”

The sites were those of Several of Westchester County’s offices, including those for the district attorney, the county clerk and the Board of Legislators. Did this shutdown affect you? Did it get in the way of your doing business with the County, finding directions, or anything else?

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Indian Point Fined $1.2 Million

Entergy, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan, in Northern Westchester,  got a slap on wrist last week. It will have to pay a $1.2 million fine for spilling huge amounts of oil into the Hudson River in 2010. Announcing the fine, Joe Martens, Commissioner of  New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, said: “Long-standing problems cannot be left unaddressed at nuclear facilities and Clean Water Act standards must be complied with to protect public health and our state’s natural resources.”  Martens also said that in addition to the oil spill there were violations  of rules for storing bulk chemicals at  the plant. In 2007  another transformer at Indian Point also caught fire and at that time the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) warned the whole industry to improve transformer safety. However, these types of explosions and oil spills are considered to be merely low-level emergencies by the NRC.  The DEC reports that after the 2010 explosion, more than 10,000 gallons of oil were recovered from the transformer, the containment moat and areas outside the containment moat including the discharge canal, the Hudson River shoreline, and the Hudson River.

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