BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Jerry Kremer, chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, is praising the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to allow Indian Point Energy Center's Unit 2 to continue operation during its license renewal process.
“The NRC has made a prudent and appropriate decision," Kremer said in a statement. "Indian Point is extremely safe and, in fact, it has earned the NRC’s highest safety rating for the past nine years. It is the most scrutinized nuclear power plant in America, and will continue to be thoroughly inspected as the license renewal process grinds on – already more than six years after Entergy filed a timely and comprehensive application."
Kremer also said in the statement the "seemingly endless" contentions brought forth by opponents of the nuclear facility "bear no merit."
"The law is very clear," Kremer continued in the statement. "As Indian Point appropriately filed a timely application with the NRC to renew its operating license, it is allowed by law to continue to safely operate under its existing license until the license renewal process is complete."
Kremer concluded by "strongly encouraging" the NRC to renew Indian Point's 20-year license.
Indian Point produces roughly 25 percent of the electricity in Westchester County and New York City.