Clearwater: Relicensing Panel Accept Indian Point Challenge

Clearwater: Relicensing Panel Accept Indian Point Challenge
[Clearwater] Indian Point Challenges Accepted by Relicensing Panel
Our ‘Environmental Justice’ Challenge
Will Go to a Full Hearing
For more information visit:
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s challenges to Indian Point
Nuclear Plant’s license renewal application on environmental
and public health grounds will be heard during the Atomic
Safety and Licensing Board’s (ASLB) upcoming relicensing
Following several months of legal proceedings, the ASLB
announced on July 31, 2008 that two of the six contentions
filed by Clearwater, covering a range of challenges to
Indian Point’s application for another 20-year operating
permit, have been accepted for further review.
Clearwater’s Environmental Director Manna Jo Greene, and
Stephen Filler, an attorney who serves on the Clearwater
Board of Directors’ Executive Committee, submitted
Clearwater’s petition to intervene, which featured our
Environmental Justice concerns, last fall and presented oral
argument before the ASLB panel in March.
"Clearwater continues to fight for the environment and for
the health and safety of the people in this region, as it
has since Indian Point was first commissioned in the 1960’s.
The panel accepted 15 contentions–the largest number ever
considered–a clear indication of the many serious problems
at Indian Point," said Stephen Filler.
Clearwater claimed that the license renewal application
filed by Indian Point’s owner, Entergy, was defective in a
variety of ways.  In particular, the ASLB panel of judges
agreed that Clearwater’s contention that Entergy did not
adequately account for groundwater impacts of leaking spent
fuel rod containment pools raised significant questions as
to whether Entergy’s application was complete or legally
Clearwater was the only party to submit a contention
concerning environmental justice, claiming that Entergy’s
license renewal application failed to take into account the
disproportionate impact that license renewal would have on
the millions of minority and low income people living in the
Hudson Valley.  Clearwater argued that Entergy failed to
consider the impact that a radioactive release at Indian
Point would have on the many minority and low income people
in the dozens of institutions–including hospitals and
jails–in the region.  The board agreed that there was
enough evidence to order a hearing on this issue.
"We’re thrilled to be participating in the upcoming
relicensing hearings to provide critical information that
will assure a more credible evaluation of Entergy’s
deficient relicensing application," said Manna Jo Greene,
"but are also disappointed that the health impacts have
essentially been dismissed as out of scope of these
In response to the ASLB’s decision, Clearwater’s Executive
Director Jeff Rumpf said, "We’re proud of the job Steve
Filler and Manna Jo Greene performed on behalf of Clearwater
and the people of the Hudson Valley in successfully
presenting our case before the Atomic Safety Licensing
Board.  Clearwater is earning a reputation as a champion of
the environmental justice movement.  We look forward to
making our case."
For more information visit:
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater  –  845-454-7673
112 Market Street  Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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