Environmental groups have insisted that the facility be closed, citing the history of Indian Point`s operational, safety and environmental problems, including a transformer fire in 2015 that sent thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River. The groups also referred to radioactive releases to groundwater and stated that the facility had inadequate disaster planning. The U.S.-based Climate Coalition is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to suspend the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which is expected to take place this month. Closing the plant will unnecessarily increase New York`s vulnerability as government resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be stretched, the group said. There is no doubt that about 50 years ago, Indian Point was in the wrong place, a place where a serious accident would endanger the health of millions of people and where no large-scale evacuation plan would be possible remotely. Governor Cuomo`s leadership over the past decade has helped make the closure of Indian Point a reality. He deserves immense recognition for his vision and his relentless aspiration for a goal that many have considered unattainable. For a decade, the New York Attorney General`s Office and the Department of Environmental Conservation opposed the Indian Point transmission in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings and other related litigation, and helped clear the way for the Indian Point closure agreement. And a lot of gratitude and gratitude to our colleagues at Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson, who have been for decades NRDC`s resolute allies and partners at Indian Point, Hudson River and clean energy issues. Clearwater and many other local and national groups have also played a key role in these issues over the years. It has been an honour for the NRDC to work with these defenders, as well as many others, over the years. Look at the Beyond Indian Point site created by many of these activists and others.
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which monitors the state`s power grid, said last year that the exit of Indian Point would not affect the reliability of the region`s electricity supply. NYISO said annual demand for electricity in New York State has declined for more than a decade and will remain essentially flat over the next 10 years. New York officials, including members of the National Utilities Commission (PSC), had already considered closing Indian Point before the 2017 closure agreement, citing clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives that further increase the use of renewable resources for state power generation. The authorities also said that the 1-GDI 1-GDI Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission project, which has been fully approved and is authorized to transport hydroelectricity from Quebec to Canada to New York, is likely to replace part of the generation lost by the closure of Indian Point. In the letter, the group thanked Cuomo for his leadership in «this very difficult time» and described the pandemic in the process of disaster as the worst disaster in New York City`s recent history.