Many of my constituents are concerned about Indian Point. The recent Japan earthquake and nuclear power plant radiation leaks (meltdowns) have caused many people to question what would happen if our area experiences an earthquake. Indian Point, like the nuclear power plants in Japan, are located on earthquake faults. Although it is unlikely that we will experience as strong an earthquake as the earthquake in Japan – Indian Point is located very close to NYC. I do not believe that nuclear power plants should be located near heavily populated areas.
I believe that the NRC and other government agencies should carefully review whether we’re prepared. The authorities in Japan reassured residents of Japan that they would be safe if there was an earthquake. They were wrong. Entergy may also be wrong. We want them to be right. Hoping that we are safe and watching their TV commercials and reading newspaper ads doesn’t make us safe. Since 911 Entergy has donated substantial dollars to many non profit organizations in Westchester. They should be applauded for helping worthy causes. However–giving to Westchester causes does not mean that we are safe and secure.
An earthquake is only one risk. The other: a terrorist attack. Indian Point is a possible terrorist target.
Are we at greater risk because Indian Point is so old (built almost 40 years ago)? Has age caused corrosion and rusting? We all know of the pipe leaks. Is there corrosion or cracking on the inside of these pipes?
If an evacuation would be required most of my constituents (myself included) are not prepared. There have been no evacuation exercises involving the general public. Elected officials in Greenburgh and in a good portion of Westchester have not been briefed as to what we should do. Our roads can’t handle an evacuation and traffic will not keep moving. There are inadequate shelters.
Unlike Japan, we have not planned to provide our residents with KI pills and protection. Radiation suits are not available. And, our cell phone system in Westchester is not very reliable –there are many sections that have no cell service, making it difficult to communicate.
Do we have a contingency plan for food and water contamination? If winds carry fallout toward the New Croton, Kensico and Hillview reservoirs contingency plans for food and water supply are necessary.
Enclosed, please find a copy of an article about Lamont Doherty: Lamont-Doherty Scientist Says the Region is Overdue for a Big Quake.
I am very concerned. I believe that we’re ignoring warning signs. I look forward to your response; direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Feiner is Greenburgh Town Supervisor.