Entergy response to DEC Notice of Denial
April 5, 2010
White Plains, NY - The Entergy Corporation today expressed disappointment in the DEC's Notice of Denial that would deny a water quality certificate to the Indian Point Energy Center. While stressing that the action is not the agency's final determination it noted that the decision is subject to additional administrative hearings including a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
At the same time, the company also emphasized that the effort to obtain a license extension for Indian Point Energy Center is continuing to move forward before the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Although Entergy and the staff of the DEC disagree on how best to protect Hudson River aquatic life, the company voiced confidence that when all the facts are known its proposal to use the latest technology --Wedgewire Screens-will be recognized as the smartest and most effective solution.
The DEC's position regarding the efficacy of cooling towers at Indian Point is based in part on repeated reference to an almost 40 year old study. Our superior proposal for New York's electric customers is based on the latest research and technology and would actually protect fish populations better than cooling towers over the 20-year license renewal period.
While Wedgewire systems operate beneath the surface of the river with no harmful emissions, cooling towers would each year emit 100 tons of particulate matter. Air pollution is a leading cause of respiratory illness, especially among the very young and the elderly.
Wedgewire screens are not only environmentally, esthetically and economically superior to cooling towers, they require significantly less time to put into operation and therefore begin to immediately reduce the plants' impact on fish larvae and eggs in the Hudson.
Despite the DEC's latest action, two major Albany based agencies, the state Public Service Commission and the New York State Independent System Operator (ISO) have publicly recognized the critical role that these plants play in maintaining the region's reliable electric service and economic stability.
Over the years, Indian Point has demonstrated that it meets New York's water quality standards, including those aimed at protecting all forms of Hudson River aquatic life, and has retained leading experts to monitor and analyze the health of the fish populations using state of the art techniques and models.
We remain committed to continuing to operate the Indian Point plants safely, in accordance with state and federal laws and in the best interests of the electricity consumers.