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Beyond Indian Point

In January 2017, Riverkeeper won one of its longest battles — which spanned over five decades — when it joined New York State and Entergy in a historic agreement to close the aging and dangerous Indian Point nuclear power plant by April 2021.

Indian Point’s Unit 2 reactor, which went into service in August 1974, will cease operating at the end of April 2020 (a year before Unit 3 reactor), which should make us all breathe a little easier. While both of the operating reactors are a danger to the region, the risk to the region will be greatly mitigated upon their imminent shutdown.

In anticipation of the shutdown, Riverkeeper has prioritized efforts to ensure New York will have clean, renewable replacement energy after losing the 2,060 MW from Indian Point, and there’s good news on that front, too. The New York Independent System Operator — which coordinates the distribution of our electricity supply — confirms that New York will have enough replacement power to supplant Indian Point’s output once it closes. Since the closure agreement was signed, enough clean energy and energy efficiency has come onto the grid to replace the first unit.

Further, Riverkeeper remains dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and the health and safety of the surrounding communities. We are building on our decades of advocacy around Indian Point to ensure that the decommissioning of this dangerous and antiquated facility is completed with the best interests of the local communities and environment in mind. Riverkeeper supports the prompt completion of the decommissioning of Indian Point, however, not at the expense of our safety.

  • How Indian Point harms the Hudson River

  • New York’s bright energy future after Indian Point closes

  • Ensuring the safe closure of Indian Point

  • Just decommissioning

  • The latest news on Indian Point

  • Indian Point FAQ

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