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Indian Point Nuclear Facility Units 2 and 3 - SPDES Permit

NYS DEC's Administrative Proceeding for the Modification of the SPDES Permit

Facility Background

The Indian Point Nuclear Facility is located in the Village of Buchanan, Westchester County. The Stations are equipped with separate cooling water systems that withdraw water from the Hudson River and discharge that water back to the river through a shared discharge canal. Up to 2.5 billion gallons of water per day are withdrawn from the Hudson River through three intake structures along the shoreline.

Department staff issued a SPDES permit for the Stations in 1987. In April 1992, Consolidated Edison and the New York Power Authority filed a timely SPDES renewal application with the Department. As a result, the Stations have continued to operate pursuant to section 401(2) of the State Administrative Procedure Act.

SEQR and Permit History

In December 1999, the owners and operators of three steam electric generating facilities (Bowline 1 & 2, Roseton, and Indian Point) along the Hudson River submitted, pursuant to the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA"), a draft environmental impact statement ("DEIS") with respect to the renewal of SPDES permits for the three facilities. The final environmental impact statement was prepared by Department staff and adopted on June 25, 2003.

Procedural Background

On November 12, 2003, pursuant to Part 621 (Uniform Procedures) the DEC commenced a Department Initiated Modification and renewal of the existing SPDES permit for Units 2 and 3 at the Indian Point Nuclear Station. At this time, the Department issued a Notice of Complete Application to solicit comments from the permittee and the public. The Department made available a draft SPDES permit and fact sheets for public review.

Based on the comments submitted, the Department made a determination to conduct an adjudicatory hearing. Department staff has been engaged in the adjudicatory hearing since that time. Further detail regarding the procedural history of the adjudicatory proceeding can be found at the website of the Department's Office of Hearings (see Entergy Nuclear).

Draft Permit

On November 12, 2003, Department staff circulated a draft SPDES permit for the Stations. The draft permit contains conditions that address conventional industrial-wastewater pollutant discharge, thermal discharge, and cooling water intake. As part of the proceeding, the Department drafted a revised SPDES permit, dated March 2, 2004.

For the Stations, Department staff has determined that a closed cycle cooling system is the site-specific best technology available ("BTA") to minimize the adverse environmental impact of the cooling water intake structures (with respect to entrainment and impingement).

The following documents are those documents related to the Indian Point Nuclear Station units 2 & 3 and currently available in electronic format. Contact Chris Hogan if you have any questions related to these documents or if you are looking for another document related to the Indian Point facility not provided below.

Documents Submitted by Entergy as Required by the Interim Decision by Assistant Commissioner Jared Snyder dated August 2008

Evaluation of Alternative Intake Technologies at Indian Point Units 2 & 3 dated February 12, 2010

Engineering Feasibility and Costs of Conversion of Indian Point Units 2 and 3 to a Closed-Loop Condenser Cooling Water Configuration dated February 12, 2010

Cooling Tower Modeling Report dated September 1, 2009

Indian Point Energy Center Closed Cycle Cooling Conversion Feasibility Study Visual Assessment dated June 1, 2009

Documents related to the Administrative Process

Documents related to the Revised Thermal Condition 7(b) of the Draft SPDES Permit

SEQR Documentation and HRSA


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