Indian Point and Our Local Air

All of us at Indian Point are extremely sensitive to maintaining the health, safety and beauty of our local environment here in the Hudson Valley. Entergy in fact has a history of taking climate and carbon risk into its business planning processes. In 2000, Entergy was the first U.S. utility to place a voluntary cap on its carbon emissions – a cap that currently stands at 20% below 2000 emission levels. Furthermore, Entergy is the only U.S. electric company named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Nuclear power is one of the cleanest sources of energy. We believe that Indian Point Energy Center is essential for New York to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule and the New York State emissions goals. This is because Indian Point provides around-the-clock, base load power with virtually zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, the gases which have been linked to global warming. Indian Point’s role in New York’s energy future is further supported by a Polestar Applied Technology, Inc., report which determined that nuclear power is crucial if the Northeastern states hope to achieve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon-emissions reduction goals.

New York Nuclear Energy Facilities’ Prevention of Air Pollutants in 2013

  1. 10,813 short tons of Sulfur Dioxide
  2. 11,963 short tons of Nitrogen Oxide
  3. 22,190,000 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide
(Nuclear Energy Institute)

Without the clean power of Indian Point, equivalent natural gas-fired plants would emit millions of tons of pollutants a year into the air we breathe. Replacing the 2,000 megawatts of energy that Indian Point provides, with fossil-fueled plants, such as natural gas or coal, would dramatically increase emissions into the atmosphere and the surrounding environment as it requires a fleet of new power plants and/or transmission lines to be developed and sited through the Lower Hudson Valley. A study conducted by Charles River Associates found that under most conventional replacement power scenarios for Indian Point, carbon emissions would increase 15 percent in both New York City and New York State. The report, commissioned by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to develop an analysis on the impact of an IPEC retirement, also warns that nitrous oxide (NOX) emissions would increase roughly 7 to 8 percent under most conventional replacement scenarios. Nitrous oxides are linked with a number of adverse effects on the respiratory system and impacts children and the elderly in particularly. Another recent study conducted by the New York City Department of Health founded that asthma had a $1.3 billion impact in New York each year between Medicaid and related costs. Many of these costs are concentrated in City neighborhoods, and we cannot afford the financial consequences of reduced air quality and greater numbers of asthma patients in our future. The loss of New York’s six nuclear plants would add close to 50 million tons of CO2 emissions each year.