CORTLANDT MANOR - Business leaders are opposing a plan to close Indian Point for 42 days in the summer to protect fish in the Hudson River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation proposed the idea and listened to concerns from the public Tuesday at a meeting in Cortlandt Manor. The idea behind the proposal is to reduce the number of fish killed by the plant's operations.

Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi says shutting down the plant would mean reduced electric reliability. It would also mean lost jobs for many contractors in the area, says Puglisi. Others say they are concerned about higher electricity rates and reduced air quality in the summer.

If passed, Entergy and power grid operators would need time to make sure the planned shutdown would not adversely affect customers.