BUCHANAN, N.Y. – Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today
received the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s formal notice that, while the
license renewal process is ongoing, it can continue operating Indian Point unit
2 under its existing NRC license.
Since purchasing the plants, the company has invested
more than $1 billion upgrading and enhancing the facility and preparing the
plants for continued safe operation during the 20-year period of a renewed
Through the period of extended operations, Entergy will
be operating unit 2 in accordance with NRC requirements and commitments made in
the license renewal proceedings, a process initiated by the company in April
2007 when it filed its application for license renewal. As it always does, the
NRC will provide continuous oversight through this period, and has performed
many thousands of hours of inspections and reviews beforehand specifically to
ensure appropriate safety preparations were made for this period.
NRC staff has previously recommended that the licenses
for the two operating units at Indian Point be renewed for an additional 20
years of operation, noting the plants can be operated safely and that there are
no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal.
Additionally, while not part of the license renewal
review process, Indian Point’s security program is regularly inspected by the
NRC through established oversight programs. Entergy has invested more than $100
million at IPEC since 9/11 to strengthen security, and its security program
meets all NRC performance review and inspection criteria.
Entergy purchased unit 3 from the New York Power
Authority in 2000 and unit 2 from Con Ed in 2001. Unit 3 will enter its Period
of Extended Operations in December 2015.
Indian Point provides critically needed and economical
electricity in an environmentally beneficial way, generating about 25% of the
power used in New York City and Westchester County.
For additional details regarding Indian Point’s continued operations visit
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday
this year, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power
production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power
plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity,
including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the
nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million
utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has
annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com
Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is