Advocating for safe, sustainable energy that doesn’t put the environment at risk
The Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County withdraws more than two billion gallons of water from the Hudson River each day to keep its reactors cool—then dumps the heated water back into the river. This outmoded cooling process has devastating impacts on the river’s ecology, killing billions of aquatic organisms each year. Installation of closed-cycle cooling at Indian Point would reduce these impacts by more than 95 percent and is a feasible technology used at other large power plants around the country.
In order to receive a license extension, Indian Point must also receive a certification from the New York State Department of State (DOS) that its operations are consistent with New York’s coastal policies. In November 2015, DOS ruled that Indian Point’s operation is not consistent with the state’s coastal policies and did not grant a coastal consistency certification. Entergy is fighting the applicability of the state coastal program in court, and Scenic Hudson joined with Riverkeeper and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to file an amicus brief supporting New York State.
In January 2017, it was annouced that New York State and Entergy reached an agreement to shut down two reactors by April 30, 2021. Riverkeeper was party to the agreement on behalf of its partners, which include Scenic Hudson.