NRC Approves Operation of Indian Point 2 Pending License Renewal Review
Aug. 19, 2013—The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today told Entergy Corp. that its Indian Point 2 reactor in Buchanan, N.Y., may continue to operate during the license renewal review for the facility.
The NRC staff has recommended that the licenses be renewed, noting the two reactors, which produce 25 percent of New York City’s electricity, can be operated safely and that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal. The commission has not reached a decision in the matter pending a hearing.
The license renewal process is unlikely to be completed by Sept. 28, when Indian Point 2’s operating license is due to expire. Indian Point 3’s license expires in December 2015.
Indian Point provides a quarter of New York City's and Westchester County's electricity
Under NRC regulations, if a company files applies to renew a reactor operating license at least five years before the existing license expires, but the renewal of the license is delayed because of administrative or judicial appeal, then the existing license will be valid until a final decision on the application has been made.
Entergy in 2007 applied to the NRC to renew the operating licenses for the Indian Point 2 and 3 reactors, and the agency accepted the application for review in August of that year. The NRC has performed 28,000 hours of inspections and reviews to ensure appropriate safety preparations were made for continued electricity production at the facility.
Entergy purchased Indian Point 2 and 3 in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and has invested more than $1 billion in equipment upgrades. Indian Point provides reliable and affordable electricity in an environmentally beneficial way for New York City and Westchester County.