On April 30, 2010 Entergy filed a request for an adjudicatory hearing to review the legal and factual basis of a recent decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation staff denying Entergy's application to renew its Section 401 Water Quality Certificate. The Indian Point Energy Center is seeking permits that would ensure the plants' continued compliance with state water quality regulations for future operation. Indian Point is currently operating lawfully under an existing NY state permit.
The hearing took place on July 20, 2010 and majority of the speakers supported Entergy's appeal that operating Indian Point Energy Center with Wedgewire screens is the cleaner, safer and smarter option to satisfying water quality standards.
On February 12, 2010, Entergy presented to the DEC the findings of an independent engineering firm and leading, nationally recognized biological experts that Wedgewire screens would be superior to cooling towers for protecting Hudson River aquatic life.
The DEC required Entergy to make a filing on the feasibility of cooling towers as well as present alternate technologies of comparable effectiveness.
After a rigorous and thorough study, the engineering firm commissioned by Entergy, Enercon, concluded that Wedgewire screens would better protect fish eggs and larvae over the 20-year period of a renewed Indian Point license in large part because they can be installed and operational 12 to 15 years sooner than cooling towers.
The Enercon study concluded that there is very little, if any, chance that the massive cooling towers could receive the necessary construction, rock blasting and zoning permits required from the Village of Buchanan, N.Y.
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