Indian Point Campaign


SAFE DECOMMISSIONING AND JUST TRANSITION:

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Now that Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are slated to close in 2020 and 2021, it’s time to turn our focus to ensuring economic and workforce development and the safest possible decommissioning of the reactors, fuel pools and related facilities.  This includes retaining workers with valuable institutional knowledge and technical skills, and retraining and placement in similar industries for those few who will not retire, but will no longer be needed at the plant.

FORUM TO PRESENT EXPERT SOURCES ON NAVIGATING IMPACTS OF INDIAN POINT’S CLOSURE

WHAT?  Indian Point will soon shut down permanently, with its two operating reactors slated to close in 2020 and 2021, respectively.  That raises thorny, vital but as yet unanswered questions about protecting public health and safety as the plant enters its decommissioning phase, such as what to do with its dangerous stranded radioactive waste, and about managing the economic impacts of closure, such as  how to achieve a just transition for plant workers and surrounding communities to life after Indian Point.

The New York State Indian Point Closure Task Force and the Indian Point Community Unity Task Force are exploring these questions now, as are the local governments of the affected towns.  The stakes for the area’s economy and for plant workers and their families are high, and the time to start exploring the options that can lead to better outcomes is now.

To that end, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and The Journal News/lohud.com are co-sponsoring a unique forum on the economic and job impacts of plant closure and decommissioning on November 3, entitled “When Indian Point Closes:  A Regional Forum on Workforce Transition”

It will present experts on job and economic impacts of plant closure and decommissioning, including worker retention (how many of Indian Point’s workers not slated to retire can and should be retained during the decommissioning phase to make the plant safer?), workforce development, worker retraining/placement for those who do lose their jobs, and the costs and risks to communities of managing stranded radioactive waste.  It will also present updates from public officials responsible for working through these issues regarding Indian Point, as well as experts who have confronted them in other parts of the country (Oyster Creek in New Jersey, Vermont Yankee, Diablo Canyon in California, and Zion, Illinois) and can share their experiences of what worked and what didn’t.

The forum is free and open to the public, and the media is invited to attend and cover.

WHO?  The audience for the briefing will include members of local and state-appointed task forces planning for Indian Point’s closure, elected officials from the surrounding area, government agencies, workers’ unions, community groups, and other stakeholders and concerned citizens.  Experts presenting at the forum will include:

  • Thomas Carey,President, Westchester Putnam Central Labor Council (invited)
  • Ross Gould,Energy Sector Program Manager, Workforce Development Institute
  • Al Hill,Mayor of Zion, Illinois which is still struggling with the legacy of a nuclear plant decommissioned in 1998 (invited)
  • KevinKampsRadioactive Waste Watchdog, Beyond Nuclear
  • Dave Kraft, Executive Director, Nuclear Energy Information Services (invited)
  • Mario Musolino,Executive Deputy Commissioner, NY State Department of Labor
  • Damon Moglen, Senior Strategic Advisory, Friends of the Earth (invited)
  • DebKatzExecutive Director, Citizens Awareness Network
  • Linda Puglisi,Supervisor, Town of Cortlandt
  • John Sipos,Attorney, NY State Public Service Commission  (invited)
  • John Twomey,Workforce Consultant, John A. Twomey & Associates
  • RichardWebsterLegal Director, Riverkeeper

WHEN & WHERE?  The forum will be held Friday November 3, 2017, 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403 (at the corner of Route 9D) in Garrison, New York.   It is free and open the public, with first priority given to elected officials and Indian Point task force members, but with plenty of room for concerned citizens to attend.  We can also accommodate all journalists who want to attend, but since space is limited, please RSVP in advance if possible.  If not, walk-ins are OK.   If you want to publish an advance notice of the meeting in your outlet, that’s welcome, but please let your audience know that due to limited space people will need to pre-register here to attend. For journalists, however, it’s sufficient to RSVP.  To do so, to request the forum agenda or other information, and/or to arrange side interviews, please contact Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com914-589-5988.


WHY WE MUST CLOSE INDIAN POINT NOW

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima… What’s next? 

WATCH: “When Nuclear Plants Close:  A Regional Forum on Nuclear Waste Storage and Decommissioning.” June 9 Forum

Groups Sue to End up to $10 billion dollars in Ratepayer Subsidies to Aged Nuclear Power Plants As Unlawful and Unnecessary

 

Clearwater files Lawsuit against New York State Public Service Commission over Nuclear Subsidy. Read the Article 78 in full here

Clearwater urges NYS Public Service Commission to reconsider its proposed mandatory 12-year nuclear subidy  

 

Nuclear Power is NOT Clean Energy and should not be included in New York’s Clean Energy Standard: Clearwater’s initial Comment and Upcoming Public Hearings on the Clean Energy Standard.


Indian Point is located 25 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River at the intersection of two earthquake faults, the Ramapo Fault and the Stamford-to-Peekskill Fault Line. Indian Point is also sited in the most populous location of any US nuclear plant, with 20 million people living or working within 50 miles of the plant, and experts say that evacuation plans are severely deficient. A catastrophic accident at Indian Point could kill tens of thousands, cause many more long-term cancers, and render NYC and much of the Hudson Valley uninhabitable. (View Map)

It’s time to close Indian Point … Relicensing it for another 20 years is playing Russian roulette with our future  and the future of tens of millions of people.

 


Clearwater is fighting to close the aging, leaking Indian Point nuclear plant, which is reaching the end of its designed 40-year lifespan and applying to renew its license for an unthinkable 20 years. Read a Summary of Clearwater’s Environmental Justice Contention Testimony at Indian Point Relicensing Hearings in Front of Atomic Safety Licensing Board on October 23, 2012.

 


How to Help

1. DONATE: Donate to Support Clearwater’s Campaign to close Indian Point

2. Introduce a Municipal Resolution: Ask your municipal government to pass the Resolution for Public  Health and Safety Regarding INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR PLANTS. Click here to download the Health & Safety Resolution.

Resolution Activist Toolkit:

3. Write Your Legislators: Click here to view a sample letter to send to your local, state and federal legislators.

4. Volunteer for the Indian Point Campaign: Contact Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director, MannaJo@Clearwater.org, 845 265-8080, x7113.

 


Indian Point Reading Room

Read Victor Gilinski’s New York Times oped “Indian Point: The Next Fukushima?”

Download the Physicians for Social Responsibility report, “Lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl”

  • Environmental, Health, Economic Costs

Download the Natural Resources Defense Council report, “Nuclear Accident at Indian Point: Consequences and Cost”

Download the Union of Concerned Scientists study “Chernobyl on the Hudson?”

  • Elevated Cancer Rates

Health and Environmental Damage
Even without a severe accident, studies already implicate Indian Point in current, measurable health and environmental damage in our area, including increased radiation exposure, elevated cancer rates and massive fish kills. more…

Read about RPHP’s research on elevated cancer rates near Indian Point

View an RNN investigative report on thyroid cancer and Indian Point

An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the United States Follows Arrival of the Radioactive Plume from Fukushima: Is there a correlation?

  • Emergency & Evacuation Concerns – A Growing, Inescapable Threat
    Indian Point is aging, embrittled, leaking, obsolete and a growing threat to public safety. Residents could not escape a serious accident if one occurred, because the evacuation plan has been shown to be ineffective and unable to protect the public. more …

Read the Witt report on emergency preparedness at Indian Point

Indian Point Nowhere to Run, video by Tobe Carey

  • Earthquake Risk

Read the findings of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute on Indian Point’s earthquake risk

Lamont Dougherty/Columbia University Study stating Indian Point is built on the worst spot for quake risk in the metro area

“Left of the Hudson: Lamont-Doherty scientist says the region is overdue for a big quake”

 


  • Replacing Indian Point
    Governor Cuomo has taken a strong stance on Indian Point and replacing its power with cleaner, safer alternatives. A new energy infrastructure can create more jobs for New York with safer, cleaner, reliable cost-efficient renewable energy that will put the economy, environment, health and safety of our region on a sounder, safer and more sustainable footing.

Read “The New York State Energy Solutions Road Map: Executive Summary on Demand-Side Measures for Governor Andrew Cuomo”

The Hudson Valley – a model for New York state, and the nation-Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater Environmental Action Director

Read the Synapse report, “Indian Point Energy Center Nuclear Plant Retirement Analysis; Replacement Options, Reliability Issues and Economic Effects”

Assemby Committees’ Preliminary Findings Show Indian Point Can Be Shut Down

From Shut-down to Cleanup: The Historic Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Deal, January 29, 2014

Expand Evacuation, Emergency Plans Around Indian Point, Study Urges, April 16, 2015

Nuclear Waste & Decommissioning, Forum Sunday May 3, 2015, Stony Point, NY, (video)

        High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Risks: Pools & Dry Cask Storage, May 3, 2015

Radioactive and Short on Cash to Pay for Closures – Bloomberg/ 05/03/2015

        Decommissioning Fact Sheet, by Bob Alpern

 

 


 Resources

Read statement “Citizens’ Coalition Calls for Action as NRC Rubber Stamps another Safety Assessment of Indian Point and Reduces Number of Inspectors at the Plant”

View Citizens’ Coalition NRC Report card for 2012-2013

Download an Indian Point Fact Sheet

View Clearwater’s Indian Point Campaign Documents and Filings

View the Eyewitness Fukushima:Emergency Responders Conference video ( March 5, 2012)

Download the Eyewitness Fukushima First Responders support materials packet

Read “Giving All Citizens a Voice in the Relicensing Decision”

Read “Challenging Spin, Leveling the Playing Field”

Read the investigative reporter piece “The Nuclear Industry’s Astroturf Movement in Communities of Color”

Read Clearwater’s testimony on Entergy front groups to the NRC ….. and the judge’s response

Read “Reactor Core Cooling”, David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists:

Read “A Nuclear Hail Mary – Seawater or Disaster”  Roger Witherspoon interviews David Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer, Union of Concerned Scientists, and a consultant to both industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: