FAQs

Indian Point Decommissioning

  • When will Unit 2 and 3 shut down?

    Unit 2 will shut down by April 30, 2020. Unit 3 will shut down by April 30, 2021.

  • When does Holtec expect to acquire title of Indian Point?

    Holtec and Entergy will likely initiate the regulatory approval processes in the fourth quarter of 2019, with transaction closing, subject to the NRC’s approval, in the third quarter of 2021.

  • How many years would decommissioning take? Is there enough money available in the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Fund?

    Following regulatory approvals and transaction close, Holtec plans to initiate decommissioning at Indian Point decades sooner than if Entergy continued to own the units. Holtec and Entergy will submit a Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) and a Decommissioning Cost Estimate, likely in the 4th quarter of 2019, that will result in a detailed timetable for the project and associated capital needs.

  • When will spent fuel be moved and how many casks will be used to hold all of Indian Point’s spent nuclear fuel?

    Entergy expects to move all spent nuclear fuel out of the Unit 2 and Unit 3 pools and into dry cask storage by the end of 2024; there will be 125 casks in dry storage by the end of 2024.

  • How often are the casks inspected?

    Casks at nuclear sites are subject to a well-conceived program of surveillance and monitoring approved by the NRC. In additions, the canisters are all-welded vessels; they have no seals or gaskets that can leak. As a result, no canister has ever leaked in service at any nuclear site.

  • How long do the casks last?

    The design life for a cask is hundreds of years. A cask’s original NRC license is for 20 years. The license can be renewed for additional 20-year intervals based off the implementation of the aging management plan required by the NRC.

  • Will the ground water at Indian Point continue to be monitored for tritium?

    Yes, monitoring of ground water will be maintained throughout decommissioning and up to the point of site release.

  • What will happen to the water in the spent fuel pool?

    The water will be processed on site and any materials collected from the water will be properly disposed at facilities licensed to receive these materials. The clean water will be properly returned into the sewer system.

  • What happens to low-level waste?

    Low-level waste is disposed at facilities licensed to receive this material.

  • What is Holtec’s plan for the plant site after it has completed decommissioning?

    Holtec continues to engage with local elected officials about decommissioning and future possible uses. However, no final determination has been made at this time.