On April 23, Indian Point’s Unit 2 reactor completed its final refueling and maintenance cycle before the plant’s planned shutdown in 2020. Indian Point’s Unit 3 will remain online through 2021.
For about four weeks, the plant is shut down for refueling and maintenance. Fortunately, a shutdown in the world of nuclear power plants does not mean workers are sent home or laid off; it means more workers are brought in to perform the various upgrades required during this time.
Take a look at the following breakdown of this year’s refueling cycle numbers:
- 1,000 workers brought in to work on refueling. This doubles Indian Point’s own workforce of 1,000.
- $30 million invested in workers’ salaries.
- $75 million invested in Indian Point during this cycle alone.
With the closure of Indian Point’s two units in 2020 and 2021, these local economic booms are coming to an end. Fortunately, we still have three years of economic advantages to Buchanan and Westchester County before the plant’s final shutdown.
To read more about the refueling cycle benefits, check out the following story from Indian Point Unit 3’s last refueling cycle in 2015:
Indian Point refueling powers local businesses – The Journal News