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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that the Indian Point nuclear power facility will be shut down by 2021.
The 2,000 megawatt facility, which is located 25 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River, will see its Unit 2 reactor shut down in April 2020 followed by the shut down of Unit 3 the following year.
The announcement follows an agreement with the plant’s owner, Entergy Corp., to shut down operations amid safety concerns for the surrounding communities. The governor’s release regarding the announcement noted that there have been 40 safety issues, including fires and faulty equipment at the plant, since 2012.
Gov. Cuomo said the closure will not affect the power grid or electricity bills, noting that replacements to the facility’s power output will come online before its closure. Additionally, all workers at the plant will be offered employment at other facilities.
Mr. Cuomo announced on Monday that the state had reached an agreement with the plant’s operator, Entergy, to shut it down by April 2021. He minimized the effects the closure would have on the power grid, electric bills, workers and the regional economy.
In his State of the State address in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Cuomo characterized the deal as a hard bargain he had driven to rid the region of a “ticking time bomb” less than 30 miles from Midtown. He said the state would bear no costs in the shutdown or decommissioning of the plant’s two operating nuclear reactors.
“I have personally been trying to close it down for 15 years,” said Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. He added that the proposed closing “eliminates a major risk, provides welcome relief, and New Yorkers can sleep a little better.”
If I were in charge, every nuke plant would get a redox flow battery backup that would keep power to coolant tanks to at the very least perform the emergency shutdown procedure + 4 hours. Probably more like +10 hours.