Bills advance that would block release of radioactive material into Hudson River
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that a bill to stop the discharging of radioactive material into the Hudson River has advanced this week through both the State Senate and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committees. Anyone releasing fines radioactive material into the Hudson River would be fined up to $25,000 a day, with daily $50,000 fines for a second violation. The only opposition for the bill is Holtec International, the company that owns the decommissioned Indian Point nuclear plant, that plans to release radioactive material into the Hudson River later this summer. Holtec said in a statement, “As a part of both the operation of nuclear power plants and during the decommissioning of reactors plants discharge treated liquid effluent according to state and federal permits, and well below safe release limits set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.... Indian Point is no different, with valid state and federal permits in place the facility has discharged treated water to the Hudson since 1962. The data on these releases are publicly available on the NRC’s website for Indian Point and all reactors." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.