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Cuomo administration requests halt on natural gas pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs.

State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direction of the safety risks from Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to New England.

Their analysis includes recent unplanned shutdowns at Entergy’s aging Indian Point nuclear plant, which Cuomo has questioned keeping open. It’s 25 miles north of New York City and its nearly 9 million inhabitants.

Assembly members Sandra Galef and David Buchwald, both Westchester County Democrats, say they asked the governor last year for a safety assessment.

A call to FERC was not immediately returned Monday.

In related news, NY lawmakers to review Cuomo’s environmental plans.

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