12/22/2012 10:38 am ET Updated Dec 22, 2012

Could 2013 Be The Year...

...Indian Point begins to power down?

Two months of Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings on the future of the Indian Point Energy Center wrapped up last week, and though the license for one of the nuclear generators there is set to expire next fall — with the other terminating in 2015 — the practical reality is that the reactors can keep running until the commission decides whether to authorize their use for another 20 years at the request of their operator. It’s not operating under any deadline.