Closure Agreement

“Will Indian Point Shut Down in 2021? News Reports” by Lanning Taliaferro

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“The New York Times says Entergy has made a deal with New York State; WPIX quotes a state official saying there’s no deal. yet.

CORTLANDT, NY — The New York Times reports that nuclear power company Entergy will shut its Indian Point plant down by 2021 in an agreement with New York State officials. WPIX reports that there’s no such agreement…yet.

“There is no agreement,” a spokesman for Cuomo’s office said, according to WPIX.“Governor Cuomo has been working on a possible agreement for 15 years and until it’s done, it’s not done. Close only counts for horseshoes, not for nuclear plants.”

Entergy officials told Patch they had no comment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been trying to shut the nuclear power plants down for years.

Entergy was dealt a major setback in 2016 when a New York state court ruled that the state did have the right to assess the plant’s operations for consistency with its Coastal Management Plan — state officials had already said the plant did not meet the plan’s requirements.

According to The Journal News, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said only that that an agreement could be in the works.

Entergy recently filed an update with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board describing a maze of lawsuits, appeals and filings associated with its quest to have Units 2 and 3 relicensed. The license for Unit 2 expired in 2013 and that for Unit 3 expired in 2015. Both can operate while during the relicensing process. Entergy predicted that those procedures would take several years to get through.

Entergy also asked the state to turn over the Indian Point decommissioning fund first set up by the state power authority, which contained about $683 million at the end of 2015.

Entergy sold its upstate nuclear power plant, the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant near Oswego, after saying it would shut it down this year.

The planned shutdown had infuriated Cuomo, who vowed to “pursue every legal and regulatory avenue” in an attempt to keep that plant open just as his administration was doing the same to force Indian Point to close.

FitzPatrick was sold after New York adopted its new Clean Energy Standard, which subsidizes it and several other nuclear power plants as part of a controversial long-range plan to win independence from fossil fuel sources.”

To read the complete report at Peekskill Patch, click the link below:

http://patch.com/new-york/peekskill/indian-point-will-shut-down-2021-report

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