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Indian Point Unit 2 Permanently Shuts Down Today

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The first of two functioning reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York’s Westchester County will be permanently shut down Thursday.

Control room operators will permanently shut down Indian Point Unit 2, which produced power for 45 years. Unit 3 is scheduled to permanently shut down by April 30 next year. Unit 1 was shut down in 1974. A spokesman for Indian Point parent Entergy says of the 870 employees, more than 40 have accepted offers to relocate to other Entergy plants in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials last week updated the public on the decommissioning process. Holtec International wants to purchase and decommission Indian Point. The NRC is reviewing a license transfer application. The shutdown comes following a settlement announced in January 2017 among Entergy, New York state and Riverkeeper.

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