CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Business Council of Westchester is praising a decision by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep Indian Point Unit 3 in operation while owner Entergy Corp. seeks a license renewal.
Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the council, said it is a critically important decision that ensures clean and safe power for millions of New Yorkers.
Energy received notice last week from the NRC that it will allow Indian Point Unit 3 to continue to operate while pursuing its license renewal. Unit 3's initial 40-year license would have expired at midnight Saturday.
"The Business Council of Westchester applauds the NRC's decision, which is great news for businesses and residents throughout Westchester and the entire Hudson Valley. The BCW has been -- and will continue to be -- an ardent and vocal supporter of the Indian Point Energy Center," Gordon said.
Several years ago, the council issued a major energy assessment study that concluded that closing Indian Point would have a catastrophic impact on the region, resulting in higher electric rates for businesses and consumers, more power outages, a rapid rise in carbon emissions and a devastating blow to Westchester's economy, she added.
The council also noted that as world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss ways to combat climate change, Indian Point's operation prevents the emission of about 8.5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually while generating about 25 percent of the power used in Westchester and New York City each year.
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