Elected federal officials call on NRC to hold hearing before transferring Indian Point


WASHINGTON – US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and House Members Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel and Sean Patrick Maloney have renewed their call for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold a public hearing and address state and community concerns before NRC staff provisionally approves the transfer of the Indian Point power plant license.

The Buchanan nuclear power plant will cease operations in April 2021 and the owner wants to sell the facility to Holtec Decommissioning International.

NRC staff is expected to approve the application despite petitions from New York State and local officials.

In a letter to NRC Chairman Svinicki and members of the NRC, the lawmakers expressed concerns that a failure to fully and fairly consider the concerns raised by the state and others prior to transferring the plant’s licenses deprives the residents and taxpayers of New York from participating in the license transfer proceeding, which could have significant environmental, health, and economic implications for the state and its local communities in the region.

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