Save Indian Point in the News

APRIL 30, 2020

Connect the Dots Livestream

Members of the Climate Coalition, which include Nuclear New York, Generation Atomic, Stop Cricket Valley, Protect Orange County, Footprint to Wings and others organized a multi-faceted, livestream event held on Thursday, April 30th, from 2-5:45 pm ET.  Guest environmentalists, climate scientists, activists, engineers and local officials joined together to discuss the environmental and health impacts of what closing Indian Point and ramping of fossil fuel generation will mean for New York. Fractivists (anti-fracking activists) held protests in two wet and windy locations near CPV and Cricket Valley to discuss the environmental destruction that has already impacted the two communities where these new replacement gas plants have been built. There were formal presentations, interviews as well as live reporting and testimony from protesters on the street. You can access all of the materials, the video, the presentations and photos from the event at Nuclear New York’s Connect the Dots page.  Watch the video below or directly on Youtube here. Capping the entire event was a special conversation with intellectual rap artist, Baba Brinkman, and the debut performance of’ his new single, Bright New Future.

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APRIL 27, 2020

APRIL 26, 2020

Study finds coronavirus could be more contagious than previously thought

April 26, 2020.

A report published in the International Environmental Research & Public Health Journal revealed that scientists in Italy detected coronavirus in particles of air pollution, which allowed it to be carried over long distances. Areas with high levels of pollution enables the coronavirus to be transported to more people through the air, as the particulate matter circulates, explaining the higher incidence of contagion in areas like Wuhan, New York and parts of Italy.

APRIL 24, 2020

Last minute effort to save Indian Point

April 24, 2020.  Nuclear News Staff

The Climate Coalition—a self-described “confederation of individuals, environmental groups, climate and clean energy advocates”—is urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Closing the plant, the group argues in a letter and petition delivered to the governor on April 22 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day), would be particularly unwise, given the ordeal that the state is currently undergoing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The plant is located in Buchanan, N.Y.

What it says:“Postponing the shutdown of Indian Point and preventing a surge of new, toxic fossil fuel pollutants from spewing into the air while people are perishing from respiratory failure is probably the most critical, preventative thing you can do to ease suffering and additional deaths,” says the letter, which was signed by more than 200 individuals, including famed climate scientist James Hansen. “We already know for sure that air pollution is linked to higher coronavirus death rates.”

The coalition recommends the creation of a commission to review the environmental impacts of the closure of Indian Point, an event the group claims would increase emissions, hurt residents’ health, destabilize the grid, and set back New York’s climate agenda, including a commitment to reduce emissions by 85–100 percent by midcentury. “Keeping the 2-gigawatt Indian Point facility operational would avoid the need to generate more electricity from burning fossil fuels, increasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” the letter says. “Postponing the shutdown of Indian Point is the right thing to do for many reasons.”

The letter concludes, “This decision is a matter of life and death for New Yorkers today, as well as for billions of people and species already direly impacted by climate change. You say you are a leader that listens to scientists. Millions of New Yorkers—and others around the world—need you to be just that: a leader with the courage to resist business as usual and embrace the scientific knowledge that enables you to protect people and the planet for real. You have the political capital, the talent, and the smarts to be that leader. We’re counting on you.”

Indian Point-2 is scheduled to close at the end of April, with Unit 3 following in April 2021. Owner and operator Entergy Corporation agreed to retire the units in a deal with Governor Cuomo’s office in early 2017.

The coalition’s petition, which can be found on climatecoalition.org, has more than 7,000 signatories at this writing.

American Nuclear Society: Read the original at: https://www.ans.org/news/article-120/lastminute-effort-to-save-indian-point/

APRIL 23, 2020

Petition calls for Indian Point nuclear plant to continue operaing

April 23, 2020.

A group of more than 5000 environmentalists, business people, climate activists and healthcare professionals have signed a petition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to postpone the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The petition was delivered yesterday.

Indian Point a twin-unit nuclear power plant with an installed capacity of 2028MWe is located 24 miles (39 kilometres) from New York City.

It is New York City’s largest source of clean, emission-free electricity, the Climate Coalition said.

In 2017 Indian Point’s operator Entergy agreed with the state of New York that Indian Point 2 would close by the end of April 2020, followed by unit 3 by the end of April 2021. However, the agreement included a provision that in the event of an emergency affecting electricity generation, the state may agree to allow the plant to continue operating for up to five more years.

In a letter, signatories said that since nuclear power plants do not produce air pollution that could worsen the effects of Covid-19 keeping Indian Point online could save lives during and after the pandemic.

Collaborating under the aegis of the Climate Coalition, a group whose mission is reducing emissions and standing up for all types of clean energy technology, the signatories asked the governor to suspend the shutdown of Indian Point 2.

Nuclear Engineering International: Read More at: https://www.neimagazine.com/news/newspetition-calls-for-indian-point-nuclear-plant-to-continue-operating-7887275

APRIL 22, 2020

If Earth Matters, We Need Nuclear For Now

Pramilla Malick and Dr. James Hansen, April 22, 2020. (Both authors were signatories of the petition and letter to Gov. Cuomo.)

One might say the earth took matters into her own hands. Shutting down the economic activity of human civilization, the deadly COVID pandemic has resulted in a 6% decrease in global carbon emissions. People, especially in cities, throughout the world are experiencing clear skies for the first time.

For those living in the epicenter of the global pandemic, New York City, and its surrounding communities, especially those afflicted by COVID, the oxygen provided by Earth’s natural ventilator is desperately needed.

But, this reprieve won’t last for long in New York, with the state just days away from the foolish plan to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Once that switch is turned off, fossil fuels (mostly gas) will turn on and up. New York’s carbon emissions will skyrocket 10–15 million tons annually, by losing 80% of downstate New York’s carbon-free energy provided reliably by the plant for nearly 50 years. If that happens more people will unnecessarily die.

Medium: Read More at: https://medium.com/@stopmcs/if-earth-matters-we-need-nuclear-5b85f56a308d/

APRIL 21, 2020

Indian Point (Nuclear Plant) closure during pandemic is wrong, says climate group

Oil & Gas Publishers Note: A well balanced diet is what your mom and Dr. have always told you. I have always said a well balanced energy plan to include nuclear, wind, solar and fossil fuels  is the key to the most economical and global environmentally friendly path forward. If you have a safe, working reactor, supporting New York, why close it? Currently Governor Cuomo is  insistent on importing fossil fuels from Russia. Just asking….

[Main body of this article derives from the WNN coverage]  US-based Climate Coalition is urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to suspend the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, due to take place later this month. Closing the plant now will add unnecessarily to New York City’s vulnerability as state resources are stretched dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the group says.

The coalition – a confederation of individuals, environmental groups, climate and clean energy advocates – is inviting supporters to sign an open letter to Cuomo, as well as a petition against the closure of the plant.

Oil & Gas 360: Read more at: https://www.oilandgas360.com/indian-point-closure-during-pandemic-is-wrong-says-climate-group/

Downstate clean air quality? Without Indian Point, it’s history

By Keith Rodan, Alexander Cannara, Gene Nelson, Keith Schue, Pramilla Malick, Isuru Seneviratne, Ethan Bodnaruk, April 21, 2020

Of the 136 billion kilowatt hours of electricity New York produces each year, nearly 60 billion kwh of it is clean and carbon-free, while over 15 billion of that is produced in Westchester County — yet half of it will soon be lost.

As an April 30 permanent shut-down looms, Indian Point Energy Center’s Unit 2, the first of its two reactors which together put out over 2,000 megawatts, (or 17 billion kW hours per year —one of the largest, if not the largest electricity generator in New York) — will be closed, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order, with the second to follow in 2021.

Ardent foes of the plant may rejoice after years of anti-nuclear advocacy, and Cuomo has promised this will “help New Yorkers sleep a little better.” But the governor’s plan to replace it with clean power sources — principally wind and solar energy, may not be available for years to come. In the meantime, enough gas will be burned as replacement energy to cancel out any benefits he’d hoped to achieve.

Poised to step in, a new plant in Cricket Valley, a state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas turbine facility, will generate only part of the 25% of electricity needed for the downstate region, encompassing Westchester, New York City and Long Island.

[Lohud Read more at: https://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/2020/04/21/indian-point-ny-clean-air/5165996002/]

APRIL 20, 2020

Indian Point (Nuclear Plant) closure during pandemic is wrong, says climate group

US-based Climate Coalition is urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to suspend the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, due to take place later this month. Closing the plant now will add unnecessarily to New York City’s vulnerability as state resources are stretched dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the group says.

The coalition – a confederation of individuals, environmental groups, climate and clean energy advocates – is inviting supporters to sign an open letter to Cuomo, as well as a petition against the closure of the plant.

In the letter, the group thanks Cuomo for his leadership at “this very difficult time”, describing the ongoing pandemic as the worst disaster in New York’s recent history. “Your battle to procure ventilators and PPEs for hospitals will help save lives but there is something else important you can do to not worsen the impact of this already disastrous pandemic,” it says. “You can exercise your executive power to suspend the closure of Indian Point.”

Postponing the shutdown of Indian Point “and preventing a surge of new, toxic fossil fuel pollutants from spewing into the air while people are perishing from respiratory failure, is probably the most critical, preventative thing you can do to ease suffering and additional deaths,” the letter says, citing studies finding air pollution to be linked to higher coronavirus death rates.

“Furthermore, closing Indian Point now adds unnecessarily to New York City’s vulnerability, just as state resources are stretched thin dealing with the pandemic,” it says, adding that the closure could add grid fragility and unpredictability to the current crisis.

New York in 2016 approved a Clean Energy Standard explicitly recognising the zero-carbon contribution of the so-called upstate nuclear power plants – two units at Nine Mile Point and single units at RE Ginna and James A Fitzpatrick – as critical in enabling it to meet its climate change targets.

The two-unit Indian Point plant is in the south-east of the state, 24 miles (39 kilometres) from New York City, with an operable capacity of 2028 MWe. Its operator Entergy in 2017 agreed with the state of New York that Indian Point unit 2 would close by the end of April 2020, followed by unit 3 by the end of April 2021. The company at the time cited economic considerations coupled with political pressure as reasons for the plant’s closure. The agreement included a provision that in the event of an emergency situation affecting electricity generation, the state may agree to allow the plant to continue operating for up to five more years.

Entergy in 2019 agreed to sell the Indian Point Energy Center to a subsidiary of Holtec International for accelerated decommissioning, following the shutdown of the final reactor at the site.

World Nuclear News: Link: https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Pandemic-wrong-time-to-close-Indian-Point,-climate

APRIL 15, 2020