Indian Point nuclear power plant, less than 30 miles from New York City, will close by April 2021 under an agreement New York State reached this week with the utility company that owns the plant, according to several news reports. - From Metro
New York's Department of State said the Indian Point plant is in violation of state coastal management regulations and that it poses a risk to the 17 million people who live within 50 miles, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The replacement for the energy the plant provides for New York City and Westchester County isn’t clear; the power plant generates more than 2,000 megawatts — 25 percent of the region's electricity.
In 2015, Cuomo's administration opposed the 20-year recertification request by the plant's owner, Entergy, citing ecological concerns.
The Health and Economic Impacts of a Terrorist Attack at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant," Edwin S.
Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists "found that a core meltdown and radiological release at one of the two operating Indian Point reactors could cause 50,000 near-term deaths from acute radiation syndrome and 14,000 long-term deaths from cancer." When asked if New York City's safety will be affected by the plant closure, Raul Contreras, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said, "The closing of Indian Point must be coupled with a clear understanding of the risks and impact its replacements will have on air quality, energy affordability and reliability."