Center for Climate Change Law Holds Forum on Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Prospect of Relicensing Plant Raises Issues of Energy, Environmental, and Economic Policy

New York, Mar. 2, 2012—The Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law held a forum yesterday on the future of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. 

The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is located in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of New York City. Its two units opened in 1974 and 1976, and their owners have applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for relicensing for 20 years. Whether to relicense the plant has become a matter of considerable public controversy, raising issues of energy, environmental, and economic policy.
The March 1, 2012 discussion was organized and moderated by Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, and included the following speakers, who hold contrasting views on the fate of the facility, and on the underlying policy and legal issues:
  • Paul Gallay ’84, president, Riverkeeper, Inc.
  • Ashok Gupta, director of Energy Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Arthur J. Kremer, chairman, Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, New York Area
  • John Kelly, director of Licensing (Retired), Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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