U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently met with the newly-appointed U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chair Christopher T. Hanson and had a productive conversation where she raised concerns about the NRC staff’s decision to deny New Yorkers a chance to publicly weigh in on the license transfer to Holtec from Entergy, among other issues. Below is a statement about the meeting:
“I had a productive introductory meeting with Chair Hanson and I look forward to working with him and his team to ensure that there is real transparency, communication, and oversight in the decommissioning rulemaking process. My number one concern is the safety and health of New Yorkers who should always have a voice in what’s best for their communities. I hope to turn the page under new NRC leadership to keep local communities and stakeholders at the center of Indian Point’s future.”
Gillibrand previously joined members of the New York delegation in a letter to Chair Hanson calling for new leadership to reverse the decision to deny public hearing request submitted by various stakeholders, including the State of New York, Town of Cortlandt, Village of Buchanan, and Hendrick Hudson School District, regarding the ownership transfer of Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, from Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy) to Holtec Decommissioning International (Holtec).