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Indian Point Nuclear Plant Should Be Shut, Jaczko Says

Entergy Corp. should shut the Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City instead of continuing to fight local officials who oppose the facility, the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

“The best solution is to sit down with all the interested stakeholders and think about a way to shut down the plant on a reasonable time frame,” Greg Jaczko said at a panel discussion in New York today on the lessons of Japan’s Fukushima meltdown. “When you have this much local opposition and opposition from state government, what I’ve seen over time is that it’s very difficult to operate plants.”