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NRC Okays Indian Point Two's Operation With Expired License

WAMC/Allison Dunne

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators have ruled, as expected, that a nuclear power reactor in Westchester County can keep running after its license expires next month.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that Buchanan-based Indian Point 2 can operate while its license renewal application is being reviewed. That could be more than one year, given the hearings involved. New York state and environmental groups are opposing a new 20-year license. NRC regulations allow continued operation if a plant applies for a new license five years before expiration. Indian Point's owners applied in 2007. Plants also must show they've taken any steps necessary to assure safe operation during the review. The license for Indian Point 3 expires in 2015.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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