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Letter To The Editor: Concerned About Indian Point Closure

Closing the Indian Point nuclear power plants would cause economic hardships, says one reader who is calling on the state to hold public hearings on the proposed shutdown.
Closing the Indian Point nuclear power plants would cause economic hardships, says one reader who is calling on the state to hold public hearings on the proposed shutdown. Photo Credit: File

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To the editor:

This premature shutting down of the Indian Point facilities will bring untold economic distress along with many other hardships, too numerous to list, to the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Has consideration with been given to all the aspects of this action? I venture to suggest the answer is “No!”

One thousand-plus megawatts will be immediately offline in three years, and finally all 2,000 will be offline by the fourth year.

Two thousand megawatts base load electric power is not easily replaced, it represents about 25 percent of Westchester and New York City consumption.

There are untold barriers to replacement, not least of whom will be the governor, the Public Services Commission, the political class and all naysayers who have successfully thrown (up) barriers in the past.

This is a political action by the governor that should be vigorously challenged and discouraged. The public needs to be fully educated on how this will impact them. The governor, the Legislature and Public Services Commission need to conduct public hearings across the state.

As a matter of due diligence we need to require the governor to fund an Impact Analysis to define the alternatives, costs, benefits, mitigations, demographics most impacted.

All alternatives shall not cost consumers more than what they pay for electricity today with Indian Point in service.

The cost of this Impact Analysis should not be borne by taxpayer funds or ratepayer funds; the governor should seek the funds from private-individually funded groups supporting his action.

The organization conducting the analysis shall have no affiliations with political parties or have done analysis work for the state Public Services Commission or analysis work either supporting or attempting to defeat electric generation by nuclear energy.

Sincerely,

William Monti

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