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NY Dept. Of State Opposes Indian Point License Renewal

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A New York agency is objecting to relicensing the Indian Point nuclear plant on the Hudson River. The Department of State said the plant kills millions of fish larvae and sits near seismic faults that pose a threat to millions of people.

The Department said the plant is incompatible with the estuary's ecology of the Hudson and the safety of New York City 24 miles downstream.

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 the radius.

The plant is run by the New Orleans-based Entergy. The company has a lawsuit pending before the state’s highest court. That lawsuit challenges the need for the state's coastal management certification in renewing its federal licenses for 20 years.

Indian Point's first reactor, from the 60s, is now shut down. Two other reactors from the 70s are now up for relicensing. Entergy said they generate electricity with little air pollution, and the company has invested $1 billion in safety enhancements over a decade.

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