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Cuomo pushing to pull plug on Indian Point

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Albany/HV: Cuomo pushing to pull plug on Indian Point
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Governor Andrew Cuomo bound and determined to pull the plug on Indian Point. Our Elaina Athans lets us know how plant officials are dealing with this push.

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- "This is a safe plant. There's major investments that have been made," said Indian Point Communications Manager Jerry Nappi.

The Indian Point Power Plant ready to work overtime to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo the plant is safe and must to stay open.

Nappi said, "Shutting down Indian Point means a loss of about 25 percent of new York City's electricity. It would lead to increase electricity prices, increased air pollution."

Cuomo has been on a campaign to close the facility and recently sent top advisors to Entergy directly saying he intends to shut it down.

"I always thought it was an unnecessary risk. I'm not against nuclear power, but I am against nuclear power in this plant, in this location, with this density," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Indian Point officials fear Cuomo could make good on this promise by withholding a permit. Though Indian Point is federally regulated, the state needs to give a water quality certificate in order for it to keep operating. Indian Point says they've applied for that certificate more than two years ago and by now, they should have had a response. The plant additionally awaits license renewals on two reactors from the state.

"I don't support a renewal, period," said Cuomo.

If Indian Point closes, it would be a $75 million financial hit for the state. That's how much Indian Point pays out in taxes annually.

"I understand the economic consequences of the taxes they pay. I also know the risk they pose," said Cuomo.

"We're a vital resource, not only for the jobs, the taxes, but just to keep the lights on in this area," said Nappi.

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