Indian Point Unit 2 and Unit 3 Will Continue Operating Under Their Existing NRC Licenses, Providing Clean Power with Continuing NRC Oversight until the License Renewal Process is Complete
Entergy Will Continue to Pursue Renewed Licenses for Remaining Years of Operation
Entergy filed a license renewal application for both Indian Point operating units in April 2007, and NRC Staff in its Safety Evaluation Report concluded that no issues would preclude safe operation during the period of a renewed license. Under the settlement with New York State that Indian Point will close in 2020 to 2021, Entergy will continue to pursue license renewal, unopposed by the state, for the remaining operating years, and will work on plans to mitigate the economic impact of the shutdown on its employees and the surrounding community.
Entergy Will Continue Operating and NRC will Continue Oversight
- Both units at Indian Point remain under the NRC’s normal oversight, to which Entergy remains committed.
- Entergy has taken steps to ensure that Indian Point, which remains subject to all NRC safety requirements, continues operating safely while the license renewal process continues.
- The NRC will continue its extensive reactor oversight and inspection programs. To date, NRC personnel have performed more than 37,000 work-hours of inspections and reviews.
- NRC Staff has completed inspections of the plant’s license renewal commitments.
Regulatory Basis for Continued Operation of Indian Point Unit 2 and Unit 3
- Federal law and NRC regulations permit continued operation of Indian Point Unit 2 and Unit 3 beyond their original licensing period. The current operating license remains in full force and effect. Indian Point Unit 2’s original license would have expired on Sept. 28, 2013, and Indian Point Unit 3’s original license would have expired Dec. 12, 2015.
- Entergy filed an application for license renewal of both Indian Point Units 2 and 3 in April 2007, more than five years ahead of Indian Point Unit 2 original expiration date of Sept. 28, 2013, satisfying the requirements of the Timely Renewal Doctrine.
- By law, the current operating license is extended until the license renewal process is complete.