LoHud.com readers have had a lot to say this week about news that the state Department of Environmental Conservation had denied Entergy Nuclear, owner of the Indian Point power plants in Buchanan, a water-quality certification needed as part of the plants’ relicensure.
The certification is one of three permits Entergy needs to obtain in order to gain reclisensure for Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3; current permits expire in 2013 and 2015, respectively. (Indian Point 1 was closed decades ago.)
Here are some of our readers’ comments:
“If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny when we are all sitting around in the dark every July and August after they shut down a place that gives us (a significant portion of) our electricity. It is hard to believe how out of touch Albany is with reality.”
“Indian Point has had so many problems as far back as the 1970s. We really need to close it down, its unsafe for our environment. Every year we have more dead fish floating on the Hudson River. Billions of gallons are sucked into Indian Point that is needed to cool down the super heated reactors, then that super heated water is then released back into the hudson river, killing fish.”
“This is ridiculous, if the pre-historic fish are still around, then apparently Entergy isn’t doing too much damage after operating for tens of years. If it comes down to choosing sufficient electricity to heat my house in the winter and cool it in the summer, versus fish that have been around for centuries, guess where my vote goes. Adding cooling towers and a $1B charge to already too high electricity prices certainly wouldn’t help an ailing economy. This is just another tactic by the environmentalists to force their way or no way.”
“Obama is coming around to backing nuclear power. Greenpeace is behind nuclear, too. All kinds of green types are realizing that nuclear isn’t a perfect option but it’s better by far than subsidizing the ethanol industry, or coal, or other fossil fuels…and New York? Still stuck in 1979 thinking, as usual.”
“I support nuclear power, but not in a crowded urban area and it should not impact the environment.”
What do you think? Let us know.