Jepsen questions relicensing NY nuclear plant - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Jepsen questions relicensing NY nuclear plant


Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says he opposes relicensing two nuclear reactors in Buchanan, N.Y., until a thorough investigation is conducted of longterm environmental and public safety impacts.

Jepson said Thursday he submitted written comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a new 20-year license for Indian Point Units 2 and 3. The reactors are about 35 miles from New York City.

Jepson said his concerns include spent fuel storage and potential threat to drinking water.

He said without a federal response plan, state and local governments could bear the financial burden of evacuating and resettling people in case of a radioactive release. Jepson said one-third of Connecticut's population, including Litchfield and Fairfield counties and the city of Bridgeport, are within 50 miles of the reactors.

The reactors are owned by Entergy Corp.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.