The Poughkeepsie Journal on Friday published an editorial calling for the extension of hearing into the relicensing of Indian Point.
Here’s an excerpt: We reproduce the editorial in its entirety, as it is so well-reasoned. The hearing process has been tainted – and if one is a proponent of nuclear power, all the more reason to want a transparent and thorough process. At present, it looks like the NRC is afraid of the hearing process. From The Poughkeepsie Journal:
Extend hearings on Indian Point
Question: When is a hearing not a hearing? Answer: When nobody can hear what’s being said.
That’s an accurate description of the ironic scene during the opening morning of testimony this week in White Plains on a possible 20-year extension of the license for Entergy’s aging Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.
There weren’t enough microphones provided for witnesses giving testimony, and the hearing judge scolded members of the public who complained they couldn’t hear what was going on, though the judge later made sure witnesses were speaking more loudly and the situation was rectified in the following days. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, whose hearings in White Plains wrapped up Thursday, should schedule another day and have repeat testimony, and court officials should allow reporters to bring in cameras and recorders into the White Plains courtroom where the hearings are being held. Reporters were not allowed this week to bring in cameras or recorders because of a state court ban on these items, despite the fact the proceedings had nothing to do with a criminal matter.