NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric
T. Schneiderman has released comments on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC)
decision to require its staff to conduct a re-analysis of the impacts caused by
accidents at the Indian Point nuclear power facility.
The NRC overruled an earlier administrative ruling and has found its analysis of severe accident minimization at the facility
violates the National Environmental Policy Act.
“I am heartened the NRC commissioners agreed with my
office that Entergy and NRC staff have systematically undercounted the costs
and impacts associated with severe reactor accidents at the Indian Point
plant,” Schneiderman said.
“The commissioners’ decision requires the NRC staff to do
what should have been done years ago: provide an accurate account of
cost-effective upgrades at this aging nuclear plant that can prevent or
minimize severe accidents. While some might prefer to treat severe accidents as impossibilities,
the millions of people who live and work near Indian Point deserve nothing less
than a full and fair assessment of the plant upgrades needed to protect them
against such accidents.”