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Indian Point Nuclear License Extension Hearings Begin 2nd Day

Entergy can operate Indian Point 3 through license renewal process

A second day of hearings is underway on whether a nuclear power plant in New York should be able to operate for an additional 20 years.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held its second day of hearings in New York on an operating license extension from Entergy (NYSE: ETR) for the dual-unit, 2,300-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant. Entergy filed for a 20-year extension in 2007, and the 40-year licenses expired in 2013. The NRC allows reactors to continue operations after the license expires so long as there is an extension application filed.
Since Entergy filed the application, some 18 contentions are being reviewed by ASLB. The New York Department of State said in a Nov. 16 letter to the NRC that it did not want the license extended because the reactor poses a risk to New York City, where it is “impossible” to have an effective evacuation plan in place.
ASLB said the four-day hearings focus on three contentions, which all focus mainly on aging management and whether the systems can hold up to 20 more years of operations.
The battle over Indian Point comes after Entergy announced earlier this month that it will shut down the FitzPatrick nuclear plant in upstate New York by 2017. The governor has said he will fight to keep that plant open because it is important to jobs in the region.
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