Public comment period extended for Indian Point’s license renewal

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The state Department of State said it has extended the public comment period on the renewal of Indian Point’s license until Oct. 30.

Entergy has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew its license to operate the nuclear power plant in Westchester County for 20 years.

indianpoint2The controversial application is being opposed by New York state, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and environmental groups. But New York City is supporting the continuation of the plant, which provides about one third of the city’s power.

The Department of State is part of the regulatory review and has to determine whether the plant complies with the state’s Coastal Management Program.

So the agency is accepting comments from the public about the renewal.

The license for the nuclear power reactor in Buchanan expires this month, but the NRC ruled last month that Indian Point 2 can operate while the renewal process continues.

Indian Point’s owners applied in 2007 for the new 20-year license. A license for another reactor, Indian Point 3, expires in 2015.

Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Comments are to be submitted to NYS Department of State Attn: Consistency Review Unit, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010, Albany, NY 12231 or by email to cr@dos.ny.gov. When submitting comments, use the reference file number F-2012-1028.

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