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Controversial nuclear plant near NYC shuts down

Indian Point will permanently stop producing nuclear power Friday, capping a decades-long battle over a key source of electricity in the heart of New York City’s suburbs that opponents have called a threat to millions living in the densely packed region.

The retirement of the Indian Point Energy Center along the Hudson River could increase New York’s short-term reliance on natural gas plants, despite the state’s goal of reducing carbon emissions. Pending state regulatory approval, Entergy will transfer Indian Point to New Jersey-based Holtec International for decommissioning.

Spent fuel is being moved to gigantic onsite “dry casks” until it can go elsewhere. Holtec said it will provide job opportunities more than 300 Indian Point employees, and local communities will have access to payments and assistance to ease their post-nuclear transition.

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