Regulators begin hearings to discuss nuclear power plant license renewal

Three judges of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP) will conduct an evidentiary hearing starting on Oct. 15 to address 10 technical and environmental challenges to the pending Indian Point nuclear power plant license renewal application. The application was submitted by Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., the owner and operator of the two-unit, 2,069 MW plant in Buchanan N.Y.

The issues to be considered have been raised by three intervenors: the State of New York and two public interest organizations, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. and Riverkeeper Inc. In addition to these intervenors, several governmental bodies have been granted status as participants in the proceeding.

The ASLBP, the independent judicial arm of the NRC, will hold the hearing over the course of several weeks: Oct. 15-18, Oct. 22-24 and Dec. 10-14.

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) submitted its application for a 20-year extension of the Indian Point operating license on April 30, 2007. The initial 40-year operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are due to expire on Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 12, 2015. Those initial licenses will remain in effect until the commission has issued a final ruling on the renewal application.

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