Ray RaimundiOct 13, 2017, 11:33 amOct 13, 2017, 5:30 pm

What will happen to the nuclear waste from Indian Point when plant shuts down?

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There are new questions about what will be done with the nuclear waste from Indian Point once the 40-year-old plant shuts down in four years.

The major question: How will the spent fuel be transferred to a proposed repository across the country?

The mode of transportation is sparking debate.

The alarms are sounding once again at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant in Buchanan.

This time, the noise coming from the battle over what do to with the hundreds of tons of spent fuel or nuclear waste once the controversial plant shuts down.

Now, there’s a renewed plan about how to transfer the waste from the site, by way of the Hudson River.

Right now, a plan to transfer nuclear waste from reactors at Indian Point, as well as other plants around the country, focuses on Yucca Mountain in southwest Nevada – a proposed repository site where the spent fuel will be transported and entombed for hundreds of years – a 2,700-mile journey away from Indian Point.

Thus, raising the ultimate question: How it will get there?

The Department of Energy is considering multiple options, including enclosing the waste in these special casks, and then loading the casks on a barge and shipping them down the Hudson River.

According to the report, once loaded onto barges, the casks will be taken to the Jersey City seaport where they will then be loaded onto trains, and taken across the country.

Meanwhile, The Village of Buchanan and neighboring communities are banking on the transfer of the spent fuel to happen soon because when the 240-acre plant closes in April of 2021, they stand to lose upwards of $30 million in annual property taxes.

Mayor Theresa Knickerboker says there's plenty of space for reuse of the property for revenue.

For now, all eyes are on Washington and whether congressional leaders will find a permanent site in America to store the spent fuel.

A vote is supposed to take place by the end of this year – a vote which will have a crucial impact on the areas surrounding Indian Point.

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