Entergy Nuclear, owner of Indian Point, has agreed to increase monitoring of the Hudson River and groundwater near the plant for radioactive leaks and to post this data online, as part of a negotiation with environmental groups during hearings in Tarrytown on the renewal of the plants’ license this week. (See our previous coverage.)
The hearings also have focused on which pipes at the plant might be more likely to suffer from corrosion and questions over estimates for the cost of relocating residents following a radioactive accident.
The three federal administrative judges conducting the hearing reportedly noted that the daily relocation allowance for a family of five, estimated at $230, was “out of sync” with the costs in the New York area. The estimate apparently is based on the cost of relocation at several other less expensive sites around the country.
Gannett reporter Michael Risinit quoted head judge Lawrence McDade of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board:
“I think you could probably buy a hotel in . . . Mississippi,” he said, referring to the area around one of the plants used in the formula, “for what it would cost you to stay in a hotel for a week in New York City.”
The judges also heard testimony from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on the broader issue that Entergy does not adequately estimate the costs of cleaning up contaminated lands and buildings in the region around the plant in the event of a radioactive leak or accident.
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.