City & State: “Elected Leaders Supporting Indian Point Put Public Interest First”

Elected Leaders Supporting Indian Point Put Public Interest First

By: Arthur ‘Jerry’ Kremer
March 18, 2016

Our state of New York has an incredible resource in Indian Point Energy Center. Feeding the voracious energy needs of New York metro with 2,000 megawatts, independent of sun or weather, around the clock every day of the year-without polluting our air with carbon or prticulates.

This powerhouse for clectricity is also a powerhouse for our economy, assuring thousands of good paying jobs, over $1.3 billion of economic activity, and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues.

No question about it: there’s a lot to like about Indian Point, and about the skilled and dedicated professionals who run the plant and put safety first and foremost.

It was precisely because of Indian Point’s commitment to unequivocal safety and accountability that facility operator Entergy recently announced an elevation in the measurement of tritium in groundwater routinely sampled around the plant.

The level was one one-thousandth of what is required, per stringent federal regulations, to be reported: but Indian Point is always focused on eliminating potential risks to the public, so the plant both issued notification and acted immediately on the tritium level, while emphasizing correctly that there was absolutely no threat to drinking water or public health.

Local elected officials whose responsibility it is to protect the well-being of their constituents responded equally admirably, asking thoughtful questions and, once they were satisfied with the answers, taking care to inform the public that there was no danger. These officials, who span the political spectrum prove that serving the best interests of our communities who need abundant clean, reliable electricity knows no party.

Therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to commend Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker, Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina, Westchester County Legislator John Testa, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorina, New York State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec and State Senator Terrence Murphy for their leadership and statesmanship.

It’s refreshing to know that these guardians of the public trust take their position of responsibility seriously, in contrast to the fear mongering and demogoguery that we see indulged all too frequently by officials who should both know better and act better.

Indian Point and the conscientious men and women who operate it have earned our trust and confidence – and so have the local officials who’ve spoken out, rightly, to tell the truth about this categorically safe and uniquely valuable Hudson Valley asset.

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer is the former chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and a principal author of the state’s power plant siting law. He is now is the chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance.