Gov. Cuomo Calls For Closing Indian Point Nuclear Plant
Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2011-03-17 16:47.
The governor's comments followed a new report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that Indian Point has the highest risk of any U.S. plan for core damage from a earthquake.
The NRC recently revised and upgraded risks to 104 nuclear power plants nationwide, based on rising estimates of severe quakes and the likelihood of violent ground shaking. Indian Point 3 now has a one in 10,000 chance of catastrophic failure, a 72 percent increase in risk over prior estimates. Under NRC guidelines, "that's right on the verge of requiring `immediate concern regarding adequate protection' of the public," according to MSNBC.
The environmental group Riverkeeper has called for closure of the Indian Point nuclear complex until its safety can be determined.
According to Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates Indian Point, all of its plants were designed and built to withstand the effects of natural disasters, including earthquakes and catastrophic flooding.
Because of the ongoing and worsening situation in Japan following last week's earthquake and devastating tsunami, there has been significant debate about the future of nuclear energy in the U.S.
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson says he still supports construction of a nuclear power plant in his district despite the nuclear disaster under way in Japan.
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