RYE BROOK, N.Y – As an organization focused on supporting the overall economic health of the Westchester community, The Business Council of Westchester strongly believes that Indian Point is a critical component to the reliability and affordability of power in the State of New York.
Even more so, it is a major contributor to the local economy of Westchester County.
The Business Council of Westchester commissioned a report titled “An Assessment of Energy Needs in Westchester County” that found the closing of Indian Point would have a catastrophic impact on the region, resulting in higher electric rates for businesses and consumers, more power outages, a rapid rise in carbon emissions and a devastating blow to Westchester’s economy. The report stated that the closure of Indian Point would result in the elimination of 3,300 local jobs, $75 million in revenue funding for local services and millions more in economic development resources.
While the economic and environmental arguments in favor of Indian Point are clear, the plant’s continued safe operations transcend all considerations. Our organization supports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s stringent oversight of plant operations and its commitment to ensuring the highest level of safety for all our country’s nuclear power plants. As the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Westchester County, I have toured the plant on numerous occasions and participated in safety and preparedness drills and exercises.
The Business Council of Westchester believes that Entergy has a strong commitment in ensuring safety standards are maintained and exceeded by the more than 1,000 employees at the Indian Point facility. Our organization will continue to support your critical role to ensure the highest standards of safety are observed and maintained at Indian Point. In addition, as outlined in the above mentioned compelling reasons we will continue to advocate for the license renewal of the facility.
On behalf of The Business Council of Westchester’s 1,000 members, thank you for your consideration.
John Ravitz is executive vice president of The Business Council of Westchester.