When Nuclear Plants Close

Conference will include discussion of Indian Point

Three environmental organizations, including Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, will host a conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, to discuss the challenges facing local, state and federal governments as more than 100 American nuclear power plants are scheduled to be decommissioned in coming decades.

The conference, “When Nuclear Plants Close: Challenges for U.S. Reactor Decommissioning,” which is free, will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th Street in New York. Clearwater and the Natural Resources Defense Council, another co-sponsor, have called for the Indian Point reactor in Buchanan to be closed, citing safety concerns.

The challenges include limited experience in the U.S. with decommissioning; a lack of consensus between reactor operators, government officials and activists on the best way to protect against residual radiation, finding suitable storage for spent fuel and the proper level of funding for the work.

The event includes two panels, one focused on national perspectives and the second on local and New York state issues. The latter will include discussions of Indian Point by John Sipos, from the New York Attorney General’s Office, and Paul Gallay, president of Hudson Riverkeeper.

Due to limited seating, registration is required. Email Sarah Lyn Vollmer at [email protected].

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