State calls for changes to the way Indian Point cools its nuclear reactors

The state is calling on Indian Point to change some procedures in an effort to protect Hudson River fish.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has recommended that Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, use 'closed cycle cooling.' Currently the plant uses water from the Hudson River to the cool the water that circulates through the plants' reactors. But that has resulted in the killing of fish and other organisms too small to be caught in screens.

According to environmentalists, the current process used at Indian Point also releases heated water that kills or hurts fish and plants in the area.

Entergy spokesman Jim Steets says right now the state is only requiring the company to do a study of the new cooling system's feasibility. If the system were to implemented it would not be required until the plant seeks to renew its federal license in 2013.

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