PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 

President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.

2021Talks - June 18, 2021 

The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Agreement Reached to Close Indian Point

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

Under the agreement, both Indian Point reactors will be closed by 2021. (Tony Fischer/
Under the agreement, both Indian Point reactors will be closed by 2021. (Tony Fischer/
 By Andrea Sears - Producer, Contact
January 10, 2017

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Monday that New York state has reached an agreement with Entergy to permanently shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant over the next four years.

Under the agreement, the Indian Point Two reactor will shut down in 2020 and Indian Point Three the following year. The closures will mean finding other sources for about 2,000 megawatts of power.

Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, pointed out that when Cuomo committed the state to getting half its power from renewable sources by 2030, energy developers responded by proposing dozens of projects.

"There's about 4,500 megawatts of wind power proposed in New York and over 500 megawatts of solar," she said. "So now we have four to five years to get that built and operating."

The development of areas already leased for offshore wind could provide up to 2,000 megawatts, and more offshore areas could be leased in coming years.

Cliff Weathers is the communications director for the environmental group Riverkeeper, which is a party to the agreement to close the plant. He notes for years these reactors, located in a densely populated area of New York, have been plagued by problems that threatened public safety.

"But even more than that, this is a plant that has used a type of cooling that has killed billions of aquatic lifeforms and has devastated the habitat around there," he said.

The agreement includes moving spent fuel rods to safer, dry cask storage and more frequent inspections of vital components while the reactors continue to operate.

Weathers says the agreement also includes the establishment of a $15 million environment and community fund.

"It's going to help compensate the impacts on the Hudson River done by the once-through cooling system," he explained. "So they're going to do things like dam removal, wetlands protection, controlling invasive species and restoring habitat."

The agreement also includes an emergency provision that would allow the plant to stay open for up to four more years, subject to state approval, in the event of war or sudden electricity shortage.

Best Practices