Aging Nukes

Friday, July 01, 2011

AP national investigative reporter Jeff Donn talks about his investigative series on the safety of the country's aging nuclear reactors, including New York State's Indian Point.

Read the series:

Part 1 - US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

Part 2 - Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

Part 3 - Populations near U.S. nuke plants soar

Part 4 - NRC and industry rewrite nuke history


Jeff Donn

Comments [7]

Kim from Rockland

Two years ago a landslide left State Route 9W at Bear Mt. Park with one lane closed and a temporary traffic light for alternating north and south traffic. My Indian Point escape route!
I can see the plant from my window.

Jul. 01 2011 11:46 AM
Bill Mullen from New Rochelle

Laura in Brooklyn should know that there has been an initiative to bring cheap, abundant, hydropower from upstate NY and Quebec.
But, it was strangled in the crib by upstate NY legislators who did not want their electricity costs to go up (typically upstate NY elec. cost is 10 to 20% of ours, per/KWH.)

Most New Yorkers (NYC that is,) have never heard of NYRI But read up, Laura, and NY'ers;
It will make your BLOOD BOIL.,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=c924775ad1dac27b&biw=1024&bih=662

HAPPY 4th !!!

Jul. 01 2011 11:25 AM
Bill Mullen from New Rochelle

I agree that with Entergy, the chance of an accident is much lower than with the previous pot-smoking, nap-taking, wine-drinking crew before, from Con-ed & PASNY.

Ther is now, however, an international pattern of meltdowns, these "almost never" events do regularly occur.

The pattern reveals that every time there is a meltdown, it is because of some previously unforseen occurance.

I know that the great unforseen event yet to occur is terrorism. A hundred dedicated para-military terrorists could take Indian "Point and do whatever they wished with it, Entergy PR notwithstanding.

THEREFORE; I believe that each plant should have an armored battalion, with anti-aircraft weapons, based on and protecting each plant. This could be done by attaching US Marines to the US Coast Guard, and basing them through "homeland Security."

Although the NRC and Entergy both believe that the possibility of an accident or other release is "very small," my insurance company does not believe so.

No one in this country can get real, privare, insurance against a nuclear event. (there is a government program that will pay pennies on the dollar.)

Indian Point must be closed, even relatively safe as it is. Because, the price of that small chance is; when you contemplate it:

* The death of the USA as a nation.

* The death of 1 to 20 million peole, some fast, some slow.

* The death of the CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

* The loss, for thousands of years, of the finest and mostt\ productive part of th eHemisphere, an d probably the world.

So, although I'm less worried, I'm still knowing I may have to jump on I-95 and head to Maine, where I know nobody.

Jul. 01 2011 11:13 AM

For those who want an idea of the logistical planning needed for evacuations, I suggest the Boulting Bros. 1950 classic Brit film: "Seven Days to Noon."

It's available on YouTube @ 47johnscott, among others.

Note the extensive public transport types needed & other planning & training for such an occasion.

Jul. 01 2011 11:03 AM
Ray from Chappaqua

My home in Westchester is not covered for nuclear accident. I understand that you cannot get such insurance. If the insurers won't take the risk, why should we the residents?

Jul. 01 2011 11:00 AM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

While New York State is planning to shut down the nuclear power plant at Indian Point, it is an excellent time to start working on ways to build transmission lines that can move energy from renewable sources throughout the state. We should have a smart grid in place throughout New York State in order to plan for our future energy needs.

Jul. 01 2011 10:59 AM
Jim from NYC

What, if on 9/11, plane #1 had gone into Indian point and plane #2 follwed suit - even hitting the same spot on the plant as the first plane? Would the plant have survived that?

Jul. 01 2011 10:54 AM

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