CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) — A state agency is suggesting summer shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York suburbs.
The idea is to protect migrating and spawning fish who might otherwise get sucked into the plant. Indian Point takes 2.5 billion gallons a day from the Hudson River to make steam and cool its two reactors.
The plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, and supporters say a summer shutdown would threaten the reliability of the electrical grid. An environmental group says there's plenty of power available elsewhere.
The state is insisting on new protections for aquatic life if Indian Point wants to operate for another 20 years. Its preferred technology is cooling towers, which recycle the river water. But Entergy wants to use much less expensive screening at the plant's intake.