Local lawmaker proposes new plan to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant

The saga to close the Indian Point nuclear plant continued Monday with the introduction of a plan that would change relicensing rules.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), who proposed the plan, believes that changes need to be made in the requirements for license renewal at U.S. commercial nuclear power plants.One of those changes includes having adequate evacuation plans for emergency events. The measure also includes changes in the size or distribution of the surrounding population taken for renewal consideration.

Lowey?s plan directly supports Westchester County Executive Andy Spano?s push to close the plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Committee (NRC) responded to the latest proposal by saying ?the status quo works.?Related StoriesNew report released about leak at Indian Point plant in Buchanan

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