Friday, August 5, 2011

DEP Releases Study on the Impact of Closing Indian Point

(Prepared by Charles River Associates)

Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway today released an independent analysis on the impact of closing the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The report, prepared by Charles River Associates on behalf of the city, does not look at whether the plant should or should not close, but rather what the implications of a closure would mean in terms of the cost of energy, potential air quality issues, and the electrical grid's ability to continue to meet energy demands.


The report finds that the impacts would be significant regardless of what replacement options are selected. Under all scenarios, energy prices will rise and there will be a measurable increase in air emissions such as carbon and NOx. The report also finds that without replacement power generation, the reliability of New York City and the region’s energy supply would be seriously compromised. (DEP)