Ali RosenDec 6, 2017, 7:22 pmDec 7, 2017, 1:40 pm

Entergy still planning to close Indian Point in 2020

A local non-profit called for the facility to close immediately due to an alleged spike in thyroid cancer cases

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WHITE PLAINS — Entergy officials are reaffirming that Indian Point Energy Center will shut down in 2020, as scheduled.

This comes after a local nonprofit group, the Radiation and Public Health Project, had called for the immediate shutdown of the power plant due to an alleged rise in thyroid cancer rates in the area.

Mike Twomey, the Vice President of External Affairs for Entergy, says that they have every intention of closing Indian Point in 2020 and 2021, even though they currently have a license application pending with the Nuclear Regulator Commission to operate through 2024 and 2025.

"The reason for the additional years is because both sides, the state of New York and Entergy, felt like there should be some cushion in case there's a reliability problem for the New York electric system as a result of the shut down," said Twomey.

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