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Updated NRC study still supports NY nuke plant

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal regulators have updated an environmental study of Entergy Corp.'s Indian Point nuclear plant and still conclude there's no reason to shut the plant down.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a supplement to a 2010 study Tuesday. That study found Indian Point's impact is not great enough to deny a new 20-year license.

The NRC's staff considered new data about aquatic life in the Hudson River around the two reactors.

The staff found there would be only a small impact on endangered sturgeon.

It found a significant decline in the estimated number of organisms that would be sucked into the plant with river water used for cooling.

And it found the plant's warm-water discharge would have no noticeable effect on river life.

License hearings continue, and opponents can challenge the findings.