Lawmaker: Alternative to Indian Point lies in HV backyard

Stony Point Town Supervisor William Sherwood says that he's got a solution for those who feel closing down Indian Point would be impossible because of the high energy demand in the Hudson Valley.

Sherwood says that a state-of-the-art gas-fired turbine plant could easily be built on the site of the old Mirant Power Plant in Rockland, which closed back in 2007. He added that the energy would be a safe alternative to nuclear power and that it wouldn't take as long to put into place as other energy sources.

"This is the time to move to protect our citizens from any danger that may result from the nuclear plants being in such a densely populated area on a fault line," Sherwood says, adding that the project could also create jobs locally.

A spokesperson for Riverkeeper, an environmental group that wants Indian Point closed, says it would have no problem with a modern natural gas plant. However, the executive director of New York AREA says the proposal is unrealistic.

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