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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee gave permission for both reactors on the Buchanan site to run through the plant's expected 2021 shutdown – and longer if necessary.
The recommendation was one of several in a 280-page annual report from the state’s Indian Point Closure Task Force.
The federal commission announced May 1 that Justin Vazquez would join a team of inspectors at the nuclear plant that includes Senior Resident Inspector Brian Haagensen and Resident Inspector Andrew Siwy. He comes to Indian Point from the NRC's Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards at the commissions headquarters.
Indian Point owner and operator Entergy Corp. said April 21 it has completed its 23rd, and final, maintenance and refueling outage for the reactor.
The tax stabilization proposal from Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown would provide $27 million to offset Indian Point revenue losses in Westchester County, the town of Cortlandt, the village of Buchanan and the Hendrick Hudson School District.
Control room operators shut down the reactor Monday morning, officially starting the $74 million refueling process. It's the 23rd refueling in the reactor's 44-year history, and the last.
The deal still requires ratification from the union, with a vote expected to take place within the next few weeks.
The union has voted to authorize a strike if necessary, but negotiations have continued since an initial deadline passed Jan. 17.
Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 members are seeking a new collective bargaining agreement through 2022, which would run one year past when Indian Point is scheduled to close.
UWUA Local 1-2 represents more than 400 workers at Indian Point. The union is negotiating for a new deal before its current one expires Jan. 17.
The New York Independent System Operator said the state's power grid would remain reliable through 2023 "if sufficient replacement sources of power are added within the lower Hudson Valley."
The latest in a series of forums on the closure of Indian Point focused on the future of its workforce beyond the planned 2021 shutdown date.
A state supreme court judge in White Plains has denied a request from the state to move the court proceedings to Albany.
Plant operator Entergy Corp. said the reactor returned to service Thursday morning after the company completed repairs and inspections on a faulty water pump.
Indian Point Unit 2, one of two nuclear reactors at the Buchanan plant, was shut down Monday afternoon after operators discovered an issue with a water pump.