A nuclear plant just north of New York City will close permanently on Friday, ending a years-long battle over its fate.
The Associated Press reported that the Indian Point Energy Center will generate its final wattage on Friday before operators shut the plant down Friday evening. The plant previously was responsible for the generation of about one fourth of the power used across New York City and the Hudson River Valley.
The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo (D), was a proponent of shutting the plant down, citing the risk posed to millions in the event of a terror attack or other catastrophic failure of the facility.
Opponents of shuttering the plant warned that it could increase New York’s short-term reliance on fossil fuels. The state plans to reach a 70 percent renewable-powered grid by 2030.
Read more at The Hill.