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Indian Point Nuclear Plant Draws Mixed Grades from Feds, Activists

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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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.

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Ed Fast from Stratford, CT

This is in response to the Connecticut Post article on the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans, and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a by-product of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny it presence in our farm animals, and humans?
Cancer rates in Fairfield County exceeding the national average, nuclear radiation being the defined culprit of thyroid cancer. Of course, the nuclear industry advocates base their defenses on any favorable, decade old (1991) reports or any other study they can get their hands on. What a joke.
The notoriously atrocious safety record this nuclear plant has enjoyed for nearly forty years was built near an intersection of two major seismic fault lines in one of the most populated areas of the country. Certainly, it seems this equation has far too many variables to ignore. The facts are just dripping with cries for an investigation. Why would the NRC grant a permit for this plant to operate irresponsibly for an additional twenty years?
Most disturbing is the unfettered approval record the NRC has for renewing licensing for nuclear plants, particularly one with a history as Indian Point has. The EPA is not protecting us, or the environment. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked out to a containment building when nobody reported it. The plant operators are too irresponsible, incompetent, or both. The thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the Hudson River over the years is not enough?. Is there blindness or corruption?
Maybe the IRS should step in and try to save the day, and the 17 million taxpayers in the 50 mile radius. President Obama can save 17 million voters, if he cares. While we may be fairly safe from a tsunami coming out of Long Island Sound, the nuclear industry advocates, or the NRC, cannot assure the general public that the Indian Point plant is impervious from other natural disasters. Haven’t we learned any lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?
Finally, New York is a great big state with vast parcels of desolate countryside. Do we really need to set the stage for a potential holocaust in the most populated area we could find? Any evacuation plan is absurd, just remember, not even close to 9 million in NYC trying to evacuate on 9/11. And is New York State or the Indian Point nuclear plant owners stepping up to the plate to pay for the health care of our Connecticut cancer patients, or how about just the kids contaminated with SR-90?
I fully anticipate the NRC approving another 20 years of the nuclear operation for the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the trepidation that follows as we begin another 50 years of radioactive pollution into the Hudson river, Fairfield county, farm animals, food supply, and the next generation of humans.

Jul. 16 2013 11:12 PM
Ed Fast from Stratford

The Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans, and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a by-product of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny it presence in our farm animals, and humans?
Cancer rates in Fairfield County exceeding the national average, nuclear radiation being the defined culprit of thyroid cancer. Of course, the nuclear industry advocates base their defenses on any favorable, decade old (1991) reports or any other study they can get their hands on. What a joke.
The notoriously atrocious safety record this nuclear plant has enjoyed for nearly forty years was built near an intersection of two major seismic fault lines in one of the most populated areas of the country. Certainly, it seems this equation has far too many variables to ignore. The facts are just dripping with cries for an investigation. Why would the NRC grant a permit for this plant to operate irresponsibly for an additional twenty years? Most disturbing is the unfettered approval record the NRC has for renewing licensing for nuclear plants, particularly one with a history as Indian Point has. The EPA is not protecting us, or the environment. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked out to a containment building when nobody reported it. The plant operators are too irresponsible, incompetent, or both. The thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the Hudson River over the years is not enough?. Is there blindness or corruption?
Maybe the IRS should step in and try to save the day, and the 17 million taxpayers in the 50 mile radius. President Obama can save 17 million voters, if he cares. While we may be fairly safe from a tsunami coming out of Long Island Sound, the nuclear industry advocates, or the NRC, cannot assure the general public that the Indian Point plant is impervious from other natural disasters. Haven’t we learned any lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?
Finally, New York is a great big state with vast parcels of desolate countryside. Do we really need to set the stage for a potential holocaust in the most populated area we could find? Any evacuation plan is absurd, just remember, not even close to 9 million in NYC trying to evacuate on 9/11. And is New York State or the Indian Point nuclear plant owners stepping up to the plate to pay for the health care of our Connecticut cancer patients, or how about just the kids contaminated with SR-90?
I fully anticipate the NRC approving another 20 years of the nuclear operation for the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the trepidation that follows as we begin another 50 years of radioactive pollution into the Hudson river, Fairfield county, farm animals, food supply, and the next generation of humans.

Jul. 16 2013 11:10 PM
Ed Fast from Stratford

The Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans, and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a by-product of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny it presence in our farm animals, and humans?
Cancer rates in Fairfield County exceeding the national average, nuclear radiation being the defined culprit of thyroid cancer. Of course, the nuclear industry advocates base their defenses on any favorable, decade old (1991) reports or any other study they can get their hands on. What a joke.
The notoriously atrocious safety record this nuclear plant has enjoyed for nearly forty years was built near an intersection of two major seismic fault lines in one of the most populated areas of the country. Certainly, it seems this equation has far too many variables to ignore. The facts are just dripping with cries for an investigation. Why would the NRC grant a permit for this plant to operate irresponsibly for an additional twenty years? Most disturbing is the unfettered approval record the NRC has for renewing licensing for nuclear plants, particularly one with a history as Indian Point has. The EPA is not protecting us, or the environment. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked out to a containment building when nobody reported it. The plant operators are too irresponsible, incompetent, or both. The thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the Hudson River over the years is not enough?. Is there blindness or corruption?
Maybe the IRS should step in and try to save the day, and the 17 million taxpayers in the 50 mile radius. President Obama can save 17 million voters, if he cares. While we may be fairly safe from a tsunami coming out of Long Island Sound, the nuclear industry advocates, or the NRC, cannot assure the general public that the Indian Point plant is impervious from other natural disasters. Haven’t we learned any lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?
Finally, New York is a great big state with vast parcels of desolate countryside. Do we really need to set the stage for a potential holocaust in the most populated area we could find? Any evacuation plan is absurd, just remember, not even close to 9 million in NYC trying to evacuate on 9/11. And is New York State or the Indian Point nuclear plant owners stepping up to the plate to pay for the health care of our Connecticut cancer patients, or how about just the kids contaminated with SR-90?
I fully anticipate the NRC approving another 20 years of the nuclear operation for the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the trepidation that follows as we begin another 50 years of radioactive pollution into the Hudson river, Fairfield county, farm animals, food supply, and the next generation of humans.

Jul. 16 2013 11:10 PM
Ed Fast from Stratford

The Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans, and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a by-product of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny it presence in our farm animals, and humans?
Cancer rates in Fairfield County exceeding the national average, nuclear radiation being the defined culprit of thyroid cancer. Of course, the nuclear industry advocates base their defenses on any favorable, decade old (1991) reports or any other study they can get their hands on. What a joke.
The notoriously atrocious safety record this nuclear plant has enjoyed for nearly forty years was built near an intersection of two major seismic fault lines in one of the most populated areas of the country. Certainly, it seems this equation has far too many variables to ignore. The facts are just dripping with cries for an investigation. Why would the NRC grant a permit for this plant to operate irresponsibly for an additional twenty years? Most disturbing is the unfettered approval record the NRC has for renewing licensing for nuclear plants, particularly one with a history as Indian Point has. The EPA is not protecting us, or the environment. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked out to a containment building when nobody reported it. The plant operators are too irresponsible, incompetent, or both. The thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the Hudson River over the years is not enough?. Is there blindness or corruption?
Maybe the IRS should step in and try to save the day, and the 17 million taxpayers in the 50 mile radius. President Obama can save 17 million voters, if he cares. While we may be fairly safe from a tsunami coming out of Long Island Sound, the nuclear industry advocates, or the NRC, cannot assure the general public that the Indian Point plant is impervious from other natural disasters. Haven’t we learned any lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?
Finally, New York is a great big state with vast parcels of desolate countryside. Do we really need to set the stage for a potential holocaust in the most populated area we could find? Any evacuation plan is absurd, just remember, not even close to 9 million in NYC trying to evacuate on 9/11. And is New York State or the Indian Point nuclear plant owners stepping up to the plate to pay for the health care of our Connecticut cancer patients, or how about just the kids contaminated with SR-90?
I fully anticipate the NRC approving another 20 years of the nuclear operation for the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the trepidation that follows as we begin another 50 years of radioactive pollution into the Hudson river, Fairfield county, farm animals, food supply, and the next generation of humans.

Jul. 16 2013 11:10 PM
Ed Fast from Stratford

The Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans, and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a by-product of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny it presence in our farm animals, and humans?
Cancer rates in Fairfield County exceeding the national average, nuclear radiation being the defined culprit of thyroid cancer. Of course, the nuclear industry advocates base their defenses on any favorable, decade old (1991) reports or any other study they can get their hands on. What a joke.
The notoriously atrocious safety record this nuclear plant has enjoyed for nearly forty years was built near an intersection of two major seismic fault lines in one of the most populated areas of the country. Certainly, it seems this equation has far too many variables to ignore. The facts are just dripping with cries for an investigation. Why would the NRC grant a permit for this plant to operate irresponsibly for an additional twenty years? Most disturbing is the unfettered approval record the NRC has for renewing licensing for nuclear plants, particularly one with a history as Indian Point has. The EPA is not protecting us, or the environment. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked out to a containment building when nobody reported it. The plant operators are too irresponsible, incompetent, or both. The thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the Hudson River over the years is not enough?. Is there blindness or corruption?
Maybe the IRS should step in and try to save the day, and the 17 million taxpayers in the 50 mile radius. President Obama can save 17 million voters, if he cares. While we may be fairly safe from a tsunami coming out of Long Island Sound, the nuclear industry advocates, or the NRC, cannot assure the general public that the Indian Point plant is impervious from other natural disasters. Haven’t we learned any lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?
Finally, New York is a great big state with vast parcels of desolate countryside. Do we really need to set the stage for a potential holocaust in the most populated area we could find? Any evacuation plan is absurd, just remember, not even close to 9 million in NYC trying to evacuate on 9/11. And is New York State or the Indian Point nuclear plant owners stepping up to the plate to pay for the health care of our Connecticut cancer patients, or how about just the kids contaminated with SR-90?
I fully anticipate the NRC approving another 20 years of the nuclear operation for the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the trepidation that follows as we begin another 50 years of radioactive pollution into the Hudson river, Fairfield county, farm animals, food supply, and the next generation of humans.

Jul. 16 2013 11:10 PM

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