Indian Point Nuclear Plant Draws Mixed Grades from Feds, Activists

A coalition of environmental groups, citizens' organizations and current and former officials are renewing their call for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. This comes as federal regulators are preparing to discuss the plant's annual safety assessment at a meeting Tuesday night.

The 40-year-old nuclear power plant, located 24 miles north of New York City, passed its annual safety assessment from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But a coalition including clean water advocates at Riverkeeper, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Congressman Eliot Engel's office will unveil today their own safety report card for Indian Point.

Activists have been trying to get the plant closed for years. They say Indian Point's evacuation plan is inadequate and owner Entergy Corp. needs to do more to safeguard spent nuclear fuel.

Entergy has been working since 2007 to get the plant's two reactors relicensed for another 20 years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an open house to discuss Indian Point's latest annual safety assessment at 6 p.m. today in the Double Tree by Hilton in Tarrytown. The public meeting starts at 7 p.m.