The continued operation of Entergy's Indian Point nuclear plant is important for New York because it provides clean and reliable power, writes Robert Block, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Some local leaders have called for the facility's shutdown, but steps have been made to strengthen safety and security. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission continues to assess Entergy's license-renewal bid the facility, and it's essential that "unsubstantiated concern about safety or other issues don't derail the NRC's review," Block writes.

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