Legislature fails to ban releasing radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River
Mid-Hudson News reports that the state legislature adjourned on June 10 without passing a measure to ban the dumping of radioactive water into the Hudson River. The bill unanimously passed the Senate, but failed to reach a vote in the Assembly. The Assembly is going to return shortly to address some uncompleted work, and could pass the bill then. For years, the now-closed Indian Point nuclear plant has discharged diluted radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River. Holtec International Decommissioning, the company overseeing the dismantling of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, wants to release more into the river this year. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission currently allows, “the controlled releases of effluent at nuclear power plants, within specified regulatory limits designed to ensure protection of the public health and safety and the environment, is an activity that occurs throughout the operation and decommissioning of a facility.” The activist groups Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club support the ban on releasing radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River. Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.