The Indian Point Energy Center houses two working nuclear power plants and is just 35 miles from midtown Manhattan in Buchanan, New York.
20 million people live within 50 miles of the plants, including most of Staten Island. A study commission by New York State found that evacuation is not possible. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, “Indian Point is a catastrophe waiting to happen.”
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New York: Radiation Spikes 65,000% at Indian Point Nuclear Plant After Leak
via Democracy Now
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “alarming levels” of radiation after water contaminated with radioactive tritium leaked from the Indian Point nuclear power plant. At one monitoring well, the radiation had spiked 65,000 percent.
Indian Point’s Egregious History of Problems with Health Hazards, Safety Violations, Accidents, and Pollution
• Indian Point has had numerous (relatively minor, but potentially serious) accidents;
• Indian Point has a documented history of unresolved safety violations that persist to the present day;
• There is a documented increase in cancer and leukemia rates in the vicinity of all nuclear power plants, and in particular in the vicinity of Indian Point;
• It has been documented that infant mortality rates drop sharply in the neighborhood of nuclear power plants when they are shut down;
• Indian Point is a major polluter of the Hudson River. Heated (radioactive) waste water emitted from the plant annually kills billions of fish (and other aquatic life forms) in the Hudson.
Unacceptable Risks Associated with Indian Point
• Indian Point is located on, or near three earthquake faults. Officially, the plant is built to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale. Seismologists predict a realistic prospect of an earthquake that is many hundreds of times more powerful than the design parameters of the plant allow, and therefore a quake far more powerful than the plant could be expected to survive.
• Experts compare Indian Point to an old jalopy which has outlived its useful period of Serviceability; and therefore a plant which needs to be take out of service sooner rather than later.
• The consequences of a Class 9 nuclear accident at Indian Point are truly unimaginably catastrophic simply in terms of the health consequences to millions of residents, and the social, environmental, and economic disruption that such an accident would cause.
• The sheer impossibility of evacuating millions of residents from the 50-mile radius of the plant, and the resulting uninhabitable “dead zone” within many miles of the plant (as is the case with Chernobyl and Fukushima today) should be the overriding consideration above all others.
Economic Feasibility of Shutting Down Indian Point Now
• It has been reliably documented that Con Edison and the NYPA service area (essentially NY City and Westchester County) obtain, on average, less than 3% of their annual contracted electric power supply from Indian Point!