UWUA Local 1-2 Participates in Indian Point License Renewal Rally

The leaders of major New York labor unions, rank and file members, and business and community leaders urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Tuesday to approve the 20-year license renewal of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which provides more than 25 percent of the electricity used in New York City and Westchester County.

They staged a rally at the start of a major hearing in Tarrytown by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board that could impact the plant’s future. Rally participants included those who work at the plant and are very familiar with Indian Point’s stellar safety record and safety culture.

Below are excerpts of comments provided by several of the attendees.

James Slevin, President of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2:

“Our members work at the plant and know it is safe. The Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 and its members urge that Indian Point’s operating license be renewed so it can continue to serve as a crucial jobs and power generator for the state. Indian Point is a major economic force for all of downstate New York, providing power to two million homes and businesses and is responsible for the direct and indirect employment of more than 10,000 workers.”

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Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Photo Credit: Tony (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/)

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Photo Credit: Tony (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/)