BUCHANAN — Indian Point officials are taking their water-use case to the next level after being told earlier this month by state regulators that the way they use Hudson River water to cool their nuclear plant operations doesn’t comply with the portions of the Clean Water Act.
“Today’s request for intervention to the administrative law judges reflects our strong belief that the DEC staff, in this instance, is mistaken in its conclusions,” said Fred Dacimo, vice president for license renewal for Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates Indian Point. “Entergy…is proposing technology…that will significantly advance our longstanding efforts to protect Hudson River fish eggs and larvae while not adversely affecting human health or the Hudson’s scenic shoreline.”
The appeal to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s judges comes after an April 2 decision from the agency’s staff that says the two working plants in Buchanan have harmed shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon by trapping them against screens or killing them as they are drawn in with the 2.5 billion gallons of river water Indian Point uses to cool its daily operations.
The 23-page letter outlining the decision said Indian Point must change the way it uses the Hudson River to meet New York’s water quality standards.
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Without the DEC’s water-quality permits, the nuclear plant’s 20-year license renewal to operate through 2035 would also be jeopardized.
DEC officials declined comment today on Entergy’s appeal.
Read more about this in Saturday’s Journal News and on LoHud.com.