State Officials Deny Indian Point Necessary Certificate

According to state officials Entergy Corp., the operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, has not been awarded a Coastal Zone Certificate, which is required for the facility to continue operating on the Hudson River. Secretary of State Cesar Perales sent a letter to Entergy, officially declining their request for the certificate, stating that the plant’s location has been draining resources from the Hudson River for forty years, as well as being in a close proximity to New York City and residential areas and two seismic faults. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing to make a decision on the certificate and relicensing the plant. Entergy officials stated they don’t need the certificate to continue operating, though Perales stated in his letter if changes are not made to the facility the negative impact on the environment will continue. Governor Andrew Cuomo and various state officials have been fighting the relicensing of the plant in an attempt to eventually shut it down completely.

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