New York state officials took their battle against relicensing of the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant on the Hudson River to another level today.
The papers filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, identify dangerous deficiencies in Entergy's relicensing application for Indian Point related to terrorism, earthquakes, evacuation plans, and the surrounding population density.
Replacing Indian Point's emission free power would mean a greater reliance on fossil-fuel burning plants, countered the company, "leading to a 20 percent rise in carbon dioxide emissions, a 19 percent jump in nitrous oxide emissions combined with an 11 percent hike in sulfur dioxide emissions."
The Indian Point decision could have far-reaching effects since the nuclear branch of the corporation, Entergy Nuclear, is the nation's largest provider of license renewal and decommissioning services to the nuclear power industry.
The Atomic Safety Licensing Board, a panel of three administrative law judges, is expected to decide in March 2008 on whether to grant or deny the petition for intervention submitted today by the state of New York.