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The state awarded $15 million to the town of Cortlandt and village of Buchanan, the host communities of the Indian Point Energy Center, along with funding for nearby environmental and economic development projects.
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 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.
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."
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.
A group of about a dozen nuclear experts and environmental activists met Friday for a forum on Indian Point’s decommissioning and nuclear waste.
Its the first annual safety review hearing of the nuclear plant since its operator announced Indian Point would shut down in four years.
"When Nuclear Plants Close: A Regional Forum on Nuclear Waste Storage and Decommissioning," is scheduled for June 9 and co-sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, The Journal News and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The reactor was shut down in March for refueling, maintenance and inspections.