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James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant

On the south shore of Lake Ontario in the Town of Scriba in Oswego County, stands Entergy's James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Entergy purchased FitzPatrick from its previous owner, the New York Power Authority in Nov. 2000. FitzPatrick has been in commercial operation since 1975 and had a license extension granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2008.

FitzPatrick currently produces power approximately equal to 4 percent of the total energy demand of New York. In 2010, the station achieved a site record for the most days of continuously producing electricity, reaching 702 days of safe, continuous operation.

FitzPatrick is one of Oswego County's largest employers with three-quarters of its 650 employees living in the county contributing significantly to the local economy. FitzPatrick and its employees continue to focus on community involvement through its contributions to more than 60 community initiatives in the areas of education and literacy, arts and culture, community enrichment, health and social services, environmental improvement and volunteerism. Employees have established local partnerships with schools in Oswego County, focusing on educating local youth about nuclear power and potentially promoting their interest in future nuclear careers.

James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant
Oswego, N.Y.


Owner: Entergy Nuclear FitzPatrick, LLC

Maximum Dependable Capacity:

838 MW

Reactor Type:

Boiling Water Reactor

Reactor Manufacturer:

General Electric

Turbine Generator Manufacturer:

General Electric


Stone and Webster

Commercial Operation Date:


License Expiration Date:


Cooling Water Source: Once-through system with Lake Ontario
as a water source and a diffused discharge
Number of Employees: 650
Counties included in Emergency Planning Zone: Oswego, N.Y.

Environmental Impact

Generating electricity with nuclear energy prevents the emission of pollutants like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with burning fossil fuels.

During 2011, environmental emissions avoided due to nuclear power plant operation in New York State included 25,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, 14,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.*

Emissions of SO2 lead to the formation of acid rain. NOx is a key precursor of both ground-level ozone and smog. Greenhouse gases like CO2 contribute to global warming.

* Source: Emissions avoided by nuclear power are calculated using regional fossil fuel emissions rates from the Environmental Protection Agency and plant generation data from the Energy Information Administration.