Syracuse, N.Y. -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said today he will attempt to block the closure of Fitzpatrick nuclear plant in Scriba which would put more than 300 employees out of work.
Schumer, speaking at a news conference outside the federal building this morning, said he plans to telephone the head of Entergy this afternoon. "I intend to tell him how furious I am about the callous closing of this plant," he said.
Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, the Entergy subsidiary that owns the plant, announced about half of the 615 workers at FitzPatrick will be laid off when the plant shuts down in late 2016 or early 2017, and the workforce will be reduced further in subsequent few years.
Schumer said he met with Entergy officials recently and told them not to close the plant. Schumer said he never held a news conference before the shutdown was announced because the company told him it had not made a decision.
"I will do everything I can at the federal, state and local level to prevent this closure," Schumer said.
In addition to putting hundreds of employees out of work, the closure could leave Central New York without an adequate power supply, he said.
"We have to make sure people have enough power, even on the hottest of days," Schumer said.
Entergy cannot close the plant without the approval of the state Public Service Commission, Schumer said. He said before the PSC can make a decision it must determine how a closure will affect the region's power supply.