Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:34

OP ED: Message Regarding Fitzpatrick Closure from Oswego County IDA

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The following is a statement pertaining to the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant closure and is from Kevin Caraccioli, Legal Counsel representing County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency.

I am alerting you all to a media campaign that the County of Oswego IDA has authorized and produced, centered around the economic impact of the closure of JAF. The news is unfortunate but the IDA believes now, more than ever, we need to apply additional pressure on the Governor's office to rethink his strategy for dealing with nuclear power, as well as other forms of renewable energy - particularly in this region of New York State. While we will be hard pressed to deal with the closure of JAF, we simply cannot afford another nuclear plant closure. NMPNS, especially Unit 1, is not out of the woods; and Ginna is teetering on the edge of closure. This is truly a regional concern and one that requires a concerted, collective effort to call the rest of the State's attention to this troubling trend. The IDA is willing to do its part in bringing this matter to the forefront in an effort to affect meaningful dialogue and change.

You will begin seeing various media advertisements related to the serious impact the closure of JAF will have on the county and region. Targeted areas include Oswego County and Central NY, but also Albany and the lower Hudson Valley. Print and video pieces have been produced, and an aggressive marketing plan - to include social media - will unfold over the next week, starting today.

The cost, you can imagine, is significant. But the IDA feels compelled to do its part to do all it can to bring about a positive result. While hope for a favorable decision to keep FitzPatrick open appears to have faded there is still hope that some deal - in some form - can be struck between Entergy and NYS to keep Fitz open and operating. It likely involves a new owner/operator of JAF, but hope remains. Alternatively, if this truly is the end of days for JAF, our attention must turn to ensuring that NYS does all it can to make the rest of our nuclear power plants relevant, competitive, and viable in today's energy landscape. There is certainly room and a need for nuclear power in the State's energy portfolio, but until meaningful legislation and regulatory measures are enacted to enhance nuclear power's ability to be competitive, while helping to reduce GHG thereby furthering the goals of REV, the market will dictate the fate of these facilities, and much of our region's economic future.

Please do not hesitate to link to and/or forward all that you see and blast it out to your contacts. The key website that you can direct people to is: The website is up and running and I encourage you to check it out.

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