Group of local leaders joins opposition to nuclear plant aid

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Nearly 70 locally elected officials are calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt a tax subsidy program that would allow three aging nuclear power plants to remain open upstate.

A group of legislators, town supervisors and councilmembers from more than two dozen counties signed a letter Monday to Cuomo requesting the state pause the program set to begin April 1 and publicly reassess clean energy options.

Cuomo has said keeping the plants open will provide reliable energy as the state transitions half its power to renewable sources by 2030.

Some environmental advocates who oppose the program estimate its cost at up to $7.6 billion over 12 years.

The Public Service Commission says the program will cost about $1 billion in the first two years but cannot predict additional costs.

AP-WF-03-20-17 1846GMT

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