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Cuomo Administration Requests Halt On Natural Gas Pipeline

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The Cuomo administration has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs.

State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's direction of the safety risks from Spectra Energy's Algonquin pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to New England.

Their analysis includes recent unplanned shutdowns at Entergy's aging Indian Point nuclear plant, which Cuomo has questioned keeping open. It's 25 miles north of New York City and its nearly 9 million inhabitants.

About one-third of Connecticut’s population lives within a 50-mile radius of the plant. That radius includes all of Fairfield County and parts of Litchfield County. In New York, all of Westchester County, most of Dutchess, and parts of western Suffolk are within that 50-mile radius.

Assembly members Sandra Galef and David Buchwald, both Westchester County Democrats, say they asked the governor last year for a safety assessment.

A call to FERC was not immediately returned Monday.