Awaits Updated Environmental Information
White Plains, NY – Entergy today withdrew the Coastal Zone Management Act
(“CZMA”) consistency certification filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (“NRC”) and the New York State Department of State (“NYSDOS”) related
to the license renewal application for the Indian Point Energy Center. The CZMA
consistency certification only concerned state coastal management issues and its
withdrawal does not affect Indian Point’s other pending license renewal-related
proceedings before the NRC and other tribunals.
Entergy withdrew the NRC filing in order to ensure that NYSDOS has the
opportunity to review an update to the federally-issued Final Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (“FSEIS”). The FSEIS update, which the NRC
announced yesterday is slated to be issued in March 2016, will reflect the NRC
Staff’s analysis of new data about Indian Point’s impact on the Hudson River.
“After carefully evaluating this issue, we concluded that withdrawing the
consistency certification is in the best interests of our owners, our employees,
and the millions of New York consumers who depend on the reliable, clean power
from Indian Point,” stated Bill Mohl, President of Entergy Wholesale
Commodities. “NYSDOS previously determined in 2013 that it needed to
review an earlier FSEIS update before taking action, and we would likewise
expect them to consider this new important updated information as well. We
have taken this proactive measure to ensure that the most current data is
available to NYSDOS before it takes action.”
In today’s notice of withdrawal, Entergy stated its intention to submit a new
consistency certification after the FSEIS update is issued. The submission
of a new consistency certification will not delay NRC’s final decision on Indian
Point license renewal – which is not expected for several years.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating
nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000
megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York
City and Westchester County. Throughout the seven-year license renewal
process, the NRC Staff has confirmed that the facility is operating safely.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one
of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8
million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy
has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com
Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is