Sunday, June 21, 2020

Wasn’t that a great Virtual Revival yesterday?  Thanks to all who participated — artists, MCs, tech folks behind the scenes and audience, and to all who donated.
I mentioned that our urgent Environmental Action Alert is to get the NYS Legislature to pass the NYS Decommissioning Oversight Board legislation (A.10236 / S.8154), which NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and NYS Senator Peter Harckham and others have introduced to create statewide boards to oversee the decommissioning of Indian Point, and later the reactors in western NY.     We now have 12 Legislative cosponsors and more coming in each day.
  • In addition to Senators Carlucci, Krueger, Metzger, and Skoufis, Sen Kavanaugh and others are considering co-sponsoring as well.
  • In addition to AM Buchwald, AMs Abinanti, Hunter, Jacobson, Jaffee, Mosley, Sayegh and Seawright, AM Englebright and others are also considering cosponsoring.
We need to call everyone to make calls and emails to get this on their radar and to urge their support so it moves forward this session.  In order to get this done we need to reach all 63 Senators and 146 Assembly members — so your help is needed and really matters!  Please call your own and a few others so we can reach everyone.   If they have cosponsored, please thank them and stress the urgency.  If not, please stress cosponsoring and the urgency of passing the DOB legislation this session.

We ask that everyone please make 5 callsHere is the list to pick from:

Find your NYS Assembly Member:
Call-in Script: “Hello, my name is [Your Name]. I am a resident of [name of your municipality] and I am calling to urge the [Senator/Assemblymember] to support [S.8154/A.10236]. We need Decommissioning Oversight Boards in New York to protect the best interests of our state and our communities.  Please cosponsor if you haven’t already and pass this important legislation THIS SESSION. Thank you.”
After you make your calls, please send me a quick note to say who you called and what their response was, if any.
Once called to their attention, everyone supports this legislation.  There is no opposition because there is no reason for opposition.  We just need help calling each and every Legislator’s office to alert them to the bill and ask for their support.
Also, please call the Governor’s office and ask for him support and to sign DOB when it is passed.  Please call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390. (Press 2, then 1 to leave a message (without having to listen to the two recordings).  Please leave the following message:
“Governor Cuomo, My name is ____________. I’m a constituent from ____________ and a member of ______________.  I’m calling you to ask you to support New York State’s Decommissioning Oversight Boards  S.8158/A.10236 to protect the best interests of our state and its nuclear reactor communities. Thank you for your service”.
Many thanks for your help with this urgent matter. Everyone’s help counts.
Here is the letter we sent to every NY Legislator:
Dear NYS Legislator::

With Indian Point 2 closing in April 2020, and IP-3 scheduled to close in April 2021, it is urgent that the NYS Legislature passes the NYS Decommissioning Oversight Board legislation (A.10236 / S.8154), which AM Sandy Galef and NYS Sen. Peter Harckham and others have introduced to create statewide boards to oversee the decommissioning of Indian Point, and later the reactors in western NY. 

This legislation would bring New York State agencies and community members to the table to oversee and monitor the decommissioning of any nuclear plant in the state.

Decommissioning is the dangerous and multifaceted process of deactivating and dismantling of a nuclear power plant, which requires decades of meticulous work to ensure it is done as safely as possible..  With so much at stake during decommissioning, NY State has a vested interest in ensuring that it is done carefully, efficiently, and completely. 

This is especially true because the company proposing to do the decommissioning, Holtec, is inexperienced and untrustworthy, with an extensively documented history of malfeasance, including lying to public officials, bribery and corruption. 

The NYS Attorney General’s Office and Riverkeeper have filed contentions intervening in their license transfer application, especially with a focus on the lack of financial surety Holtec’s limited liability corporations provide.  Holtec’s plan is to do quick and dirty decommissioning to keep any balance left in the Decommissioning Trust Fund and any other profit they can gain, at the expense of public health and safety.

The proposed Decommissioning Oversight Board, composed of state officials and experts in the field, will enable New York to monitor the decommissioning process in all of its complexity. The board will deal with key aspects of decommissioning, including legal, financial, environmental, and economic concerns.

This will allow the state to bring together the necessary resources and expertise to effectively oversee the decommissioning process. Not ew York State needs to pass legislation to empower Decommissioning Oversight Boards.


Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear plant in New York State to close down and begin the process of decommissioning.  We need to be proactive and set a precedent for this process to ensure that it is done properly, in a way that protects the interests of the surrounding community, NY State taxpayers, and the environment.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) only oversees certain aspects of this process, but they have a long history of lax oversight. New York cannot rely on the NRC to oversee this process alone.

In order to protect the interests of the State and the host communities, State Senator Peter Harckham and Assemblymember Sandy Galef have proposed legislation to create an individual Decommissioning Oversight Board (DOB) for each NY nuclear plant at the time it announces its closure. [S8154/A10236, see links below]

The DOBs will be empowered to participate in the decommissioning process. A DOB will bring together representatives of the relevant state agencies, members from the impacted communities, labor representatives, etc. It will have the ability to hire independent experts and access financial and other documents, and it will have our best interests at heart.

This is an issue of importance to our entire State. If the companies responsible for this process are left to do as they please, we the taxpayers will be left holding the bag. We must be proactive in making sure decommissioning is done properly: that means strong oversight of the process.

Link to Assembly Bill, sponsored by AM Sandy Galef:   Cosponsors now include AM Abinanti, Buchwald, Hunter, Jaffee, Johnson, Mosley, Sayegh and Seawright

Link to Senate Bill, sponsored by Sen. Peter Harckham; cosponsored by Senators David Carlucci, Jen Metzger, Liz Krueger and James Skoufis: L

Many thanks,
Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY 12508
845-265-8080 x 7113  Fax: 845-831-2821
845-807-1270 (cell)
845-687-9253 (home office)

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