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Indian Point: License debate underway


By DIANE LEWIS

Entergy’s Indian Point reactors 2 and 3 are due for license renewal in 2013 and 2015. These plants went into operation in the 1970s and will be beyond their initially anticipated life spans if they are allowed to continue to operate. Because of this, and also the recent catastrophe at Fukushima, the licensing hearings are receiving intense scrutiny. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board panel is currently conducting hearings in White Plains, addressing 10 challenges to license renewal. The challenges have been brought by the attorney general and the environmental organizations Riverkeeper and Clearwater.

The hearings began in October and continued this week, ending today, Dec. 14, with a final one to be scheduled sometime in 2013. With testimony already submitted, these hearings are an opportunity for the three judges on the licensing board panel to clarify the testimony by questioning expert witnesses. The challenges to the plant’s license renewal include the management plans for aging and corroding pipes and electrical infrastructure, accident mitigation, the potential for human exposure in case of a severe accident, and inspection and monitoring plans for components containing radioactive material.

Diane Screnci, spokesperson for the NRC, said that since Entergy submitted plans for renewal more than five years prior to the end of its licensing term, the plants can continue to operate indefinitely until the NRC reaches a final decision on the renewal application. Once the three-judge licensing board reaches its decision on each issue, either side can appeal the result. The issue will then be heard by the five NRC commissioners who head the agency.

Ms. Screnci said that Entergy had already submitted an application for renewal, a plan for managing aging infrastructure, and an environmental impact statement. The NRC also submitted its own environmental impact statement and a review of the plans to manage aging infrastructure. She said that overall, NRC staff has not found an environmental reason to deny the application for renewal.

On Monday, judges heard a contention brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asserting that Entergy’s plans to monitor inaccessible medium- and low-voltage cables and wiring were not adequate.

The concerns center on the fact that the salinated Hudson River water in the groundwater acidifies the soil and could potentially lead to degradation of insulation and cables.

Robert Lee, speaking for Entergy, testified that visual inspections are performed to look for coating degradation or exposed metal. If an area of degradation is found, this triggers a report. He acknowledged that specific corrective action is not mandated in the protocol, but he said that the written report is intended to trigger appropriate corrective action.

The attorney general’s experts disagreed with the effects of corrosion on the plant’s pipes and criticized Entergy’s response to resulting leaks as inadequate. Witnesses said there needed to be specific criteria for pipe reparation and replacement and for when increased vigilance on inspections is required.

Mr. Schneiderman is acting on behalf of Governor Cuomo, who has publicly stated he does not believe the licenses should be renewed. In the light of both this and power disturbances due to Sandy on Nov. 27, another state agency, the Public Service Commission, told power companies in New York to develop plans to provide continuous power to New York City in case of a shutdown at Indian Point. This request was part the Energy Highway Blueprint issued by the PSC, and includes installing new power lines and increasing natural gas usage to provide a more resilient power grid.


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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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