Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

 

 

One year since Indian Point closure announced

Cortland officials concerned about negative economic impact
of Indian Point's pending shutdown

TOWN OF CORTLANDT – January 9 marked the first anniversary of the announcement that Entergy would close the Indian Point nuclear power plant.            

Officials on all levels of government are still trying to figure out how to overcome the massive negative economic impacts of the shutdown in the future.

The year has been full of meetings and strategy sessions exploring ideas to overcome $32 million per year in lost income to the local governments and the loss of thousands of jobs.

Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi has issued a “One Year Later Report” to review what has transpired over the last 12 months.

“It’s not about pro or con nuclear energy; it’s about what is going to happen to our community with this loss of revenue. We need help, we need assistance, we need planning,” she noted. “I have said I want to meet with the governor; that meeting has not taken place. I hope it does this year.” Puglisi said a state task force has been formed and a consultant was retained with a report forthcoming.

Puglisi said the situation poses “a tremendous challenge” given the loss of income. They will explore new economic development in the town to offset the loss of revenue, but “we are never going to ascertain that amount of money; that is going to be very difficult to duplicate.”

She is hopeful that the workers will secure new jobs, possibly with retraining in other fields.

 


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