Judge Rules fish-killing cooling process must stop

Judge rules Indian Point's fish-killing cooling process must stop

Officials at theIndian Point nuclearpower plant - which has been called responsible for killing more than a billion fish each year - will have to figure out another way to cool its giant heated steam turbines, a state court has ruled.

The plant sucks in and returns more than 2.5 billion gallons ofHudson Riverwater daily - 2 million gallons per minute - in a system that pulls in and kills fish, eggs, larvae and plant life.

The hot water flushed back into the river is fatal to some 1.2 billion fish every year, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The cooling system doesn't use radioactive water from the reactor core.

Last week, acting stateSupreme Court Justice Gerald Connollyturned down plant ownerEntergy's bid to overturn a year-old DEC decision that faulted Indian Point's water intake system for killing the fish.

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