Sixty years after first opening, the end has come to nuclear power generation at Indian Point. April 30 saw the shutdown of the final operating unit at the energy center. The moment is being celebrated as a major victory by long-time opponents, who virtually from the start of its operation campaigned to have it closed. In the end, with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support, their fears of the dangers posed by a possible nuclear accident won out.
The closing, however, leaves us to deal with serious unanswered questions: Are we ready for a post-Indian Point future? Will we have enough power to supply our densely populated region?
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