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Lowey Opposes Indian Point Licensing Agreement

U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should not ease up on testing at Indian Point. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey opposes easing requirements for leak testing at Indian Point Energy Center. Photo Credit: File photo

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Leak testing at Indian Point Energy Center Unit 2 should continue to be done every 10 years, U.S. Rep Nita M. Lowey said in a recent announcement.

She was responding to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issuing a license amendment to Indian Point that reduces the frequency of the containment integrated leak rate test from once every 10 years to once every 15 years.

"Recent, alarming leaks at this aging facility make clear that Indian Point requires more safety tests, not fewer. It’s particularly concerning that NRC is loosening testing requirements for Indian Point while the facility seeks renewal of currently expired licenses for its Units 2 and 3 reactors," said Lowey.

“I’ve introduced a measure to require the NRC to evaluate old power plants to be relicensed with the same stringent criteria used to license new plants. I have also introduced a proposal requiring NRC to award grants for emergency preparedness when the agency collects safety-related fines from nuclear facilities," Lowey said in a statement.

"As ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to be laser-focused on ensuring that the NRC puts public health and safety first.”

Lowey released a statement on the recent tritium leak at the Indian Point Energy Center and submitted a letter to the NRC calling on the agency to take steps to address the leak problems at Indian Point and expedite improvements to the aging facility’s pumping system.

Lowey, at a Feb. 10 NRC hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee, questioned NRC Chairman Stephen Burns about the recent tritium leak at Indian Point.

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