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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


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Public News Service - NY: Nuclear Waste

According to the environmental group Riverkeeper, about 1,500 tons of spent nuclear fuel rods are stored at Indian Point. (Phil Cardamone/Adobe Stock)

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BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- A 40-year battle to close the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant came to an end last week, as the last of its three reactors was permanently shut down. Indian Point was once the single largest source of electric power in the state, but its presence on the banks of the Hudson River,

Indian Point is one of several nuclear power plants across the country scheduled for decommissioning. (mandritoiu/Adobe Stock)

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MONTROSE, N.Y. - Elected officials, environmental groups and scientists will gather in Montrose on Thursday for a regional forum on decommissioning nuclear power plants, including Indian Point. The forum will address an audience of federal, state and local officials and citizens about public safety

Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

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NEW YORK – A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into cancelled plans for a

The R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Ontario was commissioned in 1970. (U.S. Department of Energy)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups and the New York Public Service Commission have faced off in court in a lawsuit to stop subsidies to nuclear power plants. The state Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on preliminary motions in the case that challenges the state's bid to add billions of dollars

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections. (CGP Grey /flickr.com )

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NEW YORK – Public-interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration's executive order to cut government regulations. The order, signed January 30th, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulation

Under the agreement, both Indian Point reactors will be closed by 2021. (Tony Fischer/flickr.com)

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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 f

The FitzPatrick nuclear power reactor is the same design as the Fukushima reactors. (USNRC)

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NEW YORK – Exelon has agreed to buy the failing FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in upstate New York, but consumers are getting stuck with a huge bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the sale on Tuesday. The money losing facility sold for just $110 million. But to close the deal, and to keep t

About 17 million people live within 50 miles of Indian Point. (Peretz Partensky/Flickr)

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NEW YORK - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that its own staff analysis of the cost of a serious accident at the Indian Point nuclear plant is inaccurate. According to the commission's unanimous decision, the analysis by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board contains factual errors that

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