Loss of Major Source of Reliable, Carbon-Free Electricity Will Hamstring Efforts to Reduce Emissions, Negatively Impact Local Communities
SCRIBA, New York (November 3, 2015) – Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), issued the following statement on the closure of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, owned by Entergy Corporation, which was announced yesterday:
“Yesterday’s announcement around the premature retirement of the FitzPatrick nuclear plant is unfortunate and is yet another reminder of the need for policy reforms that properly value nuclear for its carbon-free and reliability benefits.
“FitzPatrick’s closing will be felt acutely by residents of Scriba and by the entire state of New York, given that the plant employs more than 600 highly-skilled employees and the state’s nuclear plants in aggregate generate 33 percent of New York’s electricity. What’s more, nuclear plants produce well over half – 61 percent – of New York’s emission-free electricity. Clearly, closing one of New York’s nuclear plants will only make it harder for the state to reduce carbon emissions, especially at a time when states are working to comply with emissions targets set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently finalized Clean Power Plan to ensure a cleaner energy future for the country.
“The announcement yesterday should foster a renewed sense of urgency to implement public policies that help to preserve this country’s existing nuclear plants. The bottom line is that nuclear is reliable, safe, 100 percent carbon-free, and a strong contributor to local economies. We have consistently made the point that policymakers across the country need to stand up and take notice of the negative impact of nuclear plant closures and consider solutions that will ensure the continued operation of these plants.”
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