WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Federal regulators have ruled, as expected, that a nuclear power reactor in the New York City suburbs can keep running after its license expires next month.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that Indian Point 2 in Buchanan can operate while its license renewal application is being reviewed.
That could be more than a year, given the controversy involved. New York state and environmental groups are opposing a new 20-year license.
NRC regulations allow continued operation if a plant applies for a new license five years before expiration. Indian Point's owners applied in 2007.
Plants also must show they've taken any steps necessary to assure safe operation during the review.
The plant is 35 miles from Manhattan. Another reactor there, Indian Point 3, has a license that expires in 2015.
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