The Public Service Commission declared the NYRI power line application complete this past week, so the battle is about to begin . . .
The Indian Point Nuke Plant is of strategic importance in this battle because it produces a huge amount of power for New York City. If it is closed, guess where NYC will look for its power?
Bowing to fears, some NY State officials have already decided that the plant should be shut down.
A month ago a faulty siren system at Indian Point was criticized. A week ago DEC decided that Indian Point "should consider" spending $1.5 BILLION on new cooling towers to prevent fish kills . . . After about 40 years of operation now this suddenly becomes an issue? What "problem" will they "discover" next?
These are not real issues . . . They are excuses to make closing the plant happen.
Where are our Albany representatives on this? Where are Mrs. Destito, Mr. Griffo, Mr. Townsend, Mr. Valesky, etc., on the Indian Point issue? Where are EDGE, our county executives and mayors? Just because it is New York City's power supply does not mean that we are unaffected. WE have an interest to see that Indian Point keeps operating -- an interest that is shared by at least some people Downstate.
Unfortunately our regional leaders (and the local media) have failed to look beyond their own backyards and involve themselves in (or report on) things like Indian Point that are going to seal the NYRI deal against us.
If NYRI is to be beaten, the battle must be fought on all fronts.
[8:30 PM update: Read Greens and Beans comment... He gives a couple more "excuses" that will create a need for NYRI. Here are his links . . .
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