Every day The Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan sucks in 2.5 billion gallons of Hudson River water and shoots it back 15-20 degrees hotter, creating a thermal plume that kills fish and river life by the millions each year. The nuclear plant is operating on a state discharge permit that has long since expired.
When New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) examined the effect of the 40-foot-diameter intake pipe on fish kills, destruction of eggs, larvae and other creatures at the bottom of the food chain, it became apparent how much Indian Point impacts the Hudson River. The DEC has refused Entergy a Water Quality Certificate (WQC) until the facility lowers fish kills and water usage.
Without a WQC Indian Point cannot continue to discharge waste into the Hudson River. Entergy is now on its fourth appeal and hearings are in process in Albany.
The DEC has never called for the cooling towers that Entergy claims would be such a blight on the Hudson. Its denial of Entergy’s request for the WQC calls for Entergy to submit plans for closed-cycle cooling. Mechanical draft is the industry standard for retrofitting plants. It works like a giant car radiator and would require a four-story building with industrial strength fans. It would eliminate once-through cooling and reduce both water usage and fish-kill by at least 95 percent. Building it would create a lot of good-paying construction jobs.
Why doesn’t Entergy spend its money on a closed-cycle cooling system instead of lawyers?