State of New York accepts assurances that containment buildings are sound

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The state has dropped one of its arguments against renewing the licenses of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state is satisfied with assurances from the plants‘ owner that its containment buildings are structurally sound.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said it is one of several issues to be addressed.

“Certainly any time you are talking about the containment buildings for a nuclear power plant, they serve a very important function, especially as we saw what happened in Fukushima,” Sheehan said. “Their role is integral to the plant’s safety, so for this to be resolved at this point means that the judges can now focus on some of the other issues that will be raised.”

The state still has nearly two dozen safety and environmental concerns about continuing the Westchester County plants’ licenses.  Those will be reviewed by federal officials at hearings later this year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has come out against renewing Indian Point’s licenses.

Source: The Reformer

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