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NY regulators clear way for cleanup of idled nuclear plant

May 19, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2021 photo, the Unit 2 reactor, which shut down almost a year ago, is seen at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 state regulators approved a deal clearing the way to decommission the recently-idled nuclear power plant north of New York City. Indian Point permanently stopped producing nuclear in late April, capping a long battle over a key source of electricity that opponents called a safety threat to millions in the densely packed metropolitan region. Decommissioning of the site along the Hudson River is projected to cost $2.3 billion and to take at least 12 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2021 photo, the Unit 2 reactor, which shut down almost a year ago, is seen at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 state regulators approved a deal clearing the way to decommission the recently-idled nuclear power plant north of New York City. Indian Point permanently stopped producing nuclear in late April, capping a long battle over a key source of electricity that opponents called a safety threat to millions in the densely packed metropolitan region. Decommissioning of the site along the Hudson River is projected to cost $2.3 billion and to take at least 12 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2021 photo, the Unit 2 reactor, which shut down almost a year ago, is seen at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 state regulators approved a deal clearing the way to decommission the recently-idled nuclear power plant north of New York City. Indian Point permanently stopped producing nuclear in late April, capping a long battle over a key source of electricity that opponents called a safety threat to millions in the densely packed metropolitan region. Decommissioning of the site along the Hudson River is projected to cost $2.3 billion and to take at least 12 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators approved a deal Wednesday that clears the way for decommissioning the recently idled Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City.

The state Public Service Commission approved the transfer of the plant from Entergy Corp. to Holtec International subsidiaries, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Decommissioning of the site along the Hudson River is projected to cost $2.3 billion and to take at least 12 years.

Cuomo and other opponents had fought for years to close the plant, which they claimed was a safety threat to the millions of people living in the surrounding suburbs and the city 25 miles (40 kilometers) away.

“This is a win for the health and safety of New Yorkers, and the protection of our environment,” Cuomo said in a prepared release.

Indian Point Energy Center’s Unit 3 reactor was shut down April 30 under the terms of a 2017 agreement involving the state. The plant’s Unit 2 reactor was shut down a year ago under the agreement.

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Entergy has said low wholesale energy prices and operating costs factored into its decision to close Indian Point.

The two reactors, which went online two years apart in the mid-1970s, were once an important source of electricity in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. The first reactor at the site went online in 1962 and was retired in 1974.