The Nuclear Regulatory Commissions’ licensing board will resume the its evidentiary hearing on technical and environmental challenges to the pending Indian Point nuclear power plant license renewal application at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in Tarrytown. The application was submitted by Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., the owner and operator of the plant, which is located in Buchanan, Westchester County, about 35 miles from Midtown Manhattan.
The Licensing Board began hearing testimony on the contentions on Oct. 15, which featured the first-ever cross-examination allowed in a relicensing hearing; Riverkeeper forced Entergy to admit that in 20 years, fewer than half of the plant’s 8,000 critical safety components vulnerable to corrosion had been inspected. The board plans to hear additional testimony from December 10-14 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y. (Directions)
Members of the public may enter the hearing room beginning at 8:30 a.m.
This is a formal adjudicative proceeding and therefore courtroom decorum will be observed throughout the hearing. The judges will ask questions of the witnesses who have been presented by the parties. Members of the public will not have an opportunity to speak during this hearing. For more information on the proceedings please download the NRC press release.
Entergy submitted its application for a 20-year extension of the Indian Point operating license on April 30, 2007. The initial 40-year operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are due to expire on Sept. 28, 2013, and Dec. 12, 2015, respectively. Those licenses will remain in effect until the Commission has issued a final ruling on the renewal application.
Below is a brief summary of each of the issues that will be addressed at this hearing. These issues will be heard in the following order:
1. New York State challenges Entergy’s inspection and monitoring for corrosion or leaks in all buried systems, structures and components that convey or contain radioactive fluids.
2. New York State challenges Entergy’s Aging Management Program for non-environmentally qualified, inaccessible medium-voltage cables and wiring.
3. New York State challenges Entergy’s omission of an Aging Management Program for safety-related electrical transformers.