Indian Point Says SAMA Analysis Complied With NRC Standards

An Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station spokesman said that Entergy's plant used standardized guidelines in its severe accident mitigation analysis for the two reactors that have been targeted by New York State's governor as too risky for their location, which is 40 miles north of New York City.

Indian Point NPP"As part of the standard process for relicensing nuclear power plants, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked Indian Point with assessing the economic consequences of the unlikely event of a serious accident," said plant spokesman Jerry Nappi.

"In our application to renew the plant's license, we used a model the NRC established for the entire nuclear power industry," he said in a statement.

The NRC last week said ordered its staff to revisit the analysis after New York officials complained the figures used were too generic and not site-specific pertaining to their location.

We find that the SAMA (Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives) analysis and the board's decision insufficiently address uncertainty in the Indian Point inputs – uncertainty shown by New York to have potential to affect the SAMA analysis cot-benefit conclusions,” the NRC said. “We conclude … that the analysis should be buttressed by additional sensitivity analysis.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiiderman both said they were pleased with the NRC's ruling.

Schneiderman made his complaint in early 2014 after the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board approved the SAMA analysis, which stands for Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives. The SAMA report was part of Entergy's application for an extended, 20-year license for Indian Point Units 2 and 3.

The licenses for the units are listed as expiring on September 2013 and December 2015, respectively. The reactors are operating on extensions to these licenses granted by the NRC.

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