Indian Point

Mr. Tendy, always on the side of big business. Entergy is one of his faves.

Shut It Down!!!!!

Thursday  night was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing on the safety of Indian Point.  I had to go through the Bronx to get to the 7PM meeting.  No one from the Bronx is getting out when there is an accident.  Oh right!  None of us are getting out, but especially not them.

The old evacuation plan was approved in Putnam County by one man, Bob Bondi, and he’s no longer around.  Now, there are new rules for emergency planning that are less stringent and no one knew about it. That’s right.  After Fukushima, the emergency planning is less stringent.    There was an article in the Omaha World Herald.  Japan has closed 54 nuclear power plants; Germany, Switzerland and Italy are closing theirs, but the US of A has relicensed plants that are the same design as the the Fukushima plant.  The NRC never says no.

So the 6 members of the panel seem to have no souls, and no matter how many times they do this, they don’t seem to be any better at expressing themselves.  Carl is the moderator, and his 3 minutes allowed per person, then 2 minutes seemed to change with how he was feeling at the moment.  He actually said that the audience was making him keep talking.  He was talking and he couldn’t shut up.  Someone asked how much time she had left and who was timing it, and it was clear that no one was.

So the earnest young woman who is one of the 2 NRC inspectors, and has been through this before, explained that the fire insulation problem was one that she found.  But it was there a long time before she found it.  Someone asked whose responsibility it was to find it in a timely manner, and she was tongue-tied.  One of the men rescued her, but not before this long, embarrassing pause.  It is Entergy’s responsibility, and the NRC is there to ensure that they do their job…  So we can see how well that is working.

Someone was talking about a problem that needs to be fixed, and we were reassured that they are monitoring the problem, and that it only leaks when the plant is shut down or powered up.  Hmm….. Just so reassuring.

The pro forces like the money they get from Entergy.  That must be worth risking all these lives, and ignoring the lessons of Fukushima.  The Green politicians were well represented.  Our public officials were absent.  But the state of our politics is so pitifully low, it is disheartening.  Wednesday’s night’s town board meeting was pure, unrelenting politics at its absolute worst. Painful.

Indian Point could never be licensed now.  It was designed for the life span it has lived.  It is time to move on.

The Paramount Theatre and fireworks are not an excuse to endanger millions of lives, billions of dollars of property value, and all those jobs and industry. 

A pool of radiation under the plant, rusty pipes, legacy leaks into the Hudson, all unanswered.  And those pools of spent fuel rods.  For all the money wasted here, we could have done solar a million times over.

In Putnam County, we get no electricity from this rusty old plant, but we will suffer horribly when it blows.

The side that loves all that money scolded the audience to stop clapping, chanting, booing.  There were fewer of them than in years past.  Fukushima has taken its toll.

The shut it down side has facts, information, passion, and a stunning nuclear disaster on their side.  All those lives lost to human arrogance.  We should have learned something by now.  Replace the members of the NRC, decommission the plant, and let’s move forward into the future.

Adopt cats.  Buy bagels.  Save sea turtles.


Riverkeeper has been working with local governments and the community to require that Entergy, the owner/ operator of Indian Point, comply with a DEC ruling to install cooling towers to prevent severe fish kills in order to receive a 20 year extension on their operating license.
To find out more about the ongoing operation problems with this plant and what you can do to assist in closing Indian Point down, please go to their website link below.
And they prefer to continue to push the sturgeon to extinction.
Fish Kills – Indian Point pushing species toward extinction.
Steam leaks at Indian Point
Security delayed at Indian Point
Indian Point
Putnam County receives no electricity or revenue from Indian Point, but we are in the kill zone of the plant.
Relevant articles from the Journal News:
Nuke plant may dismiss guard whose gun went off (emphasis added) 1/21/20
Indian Point 2 shuts down due to generator malfunction 1/12/10
Entergy seeks approval to move spent fuel 12/29/09
Entergy can afford shutdown, NRC says 12/29/09
Articles for sale from the Journal News
NRC downplays failure of 37 sirens in test 12/10/09
“According to the NRC, only 78.5 percent of the sirens passed the test successfully: * In Westchester County, eight of 77 sirens failed. * In Rockland County, 12 of 56 sirens failed. * In Putnam County, all 16 sirens failed. * In Orange County, one of 23 sirens failed.”
Plant must review radiation data 11/19/09
“According to the summary, obtained by The Journal News, the regulators are now requiring: * the exact wind data used and what period of time it covered; * revised estimates of the off-site population radiation dose and economic costs for a more densely populated area; * the different heights of towers used to collect wind data and why they were selected; * and changes that may be needed on-site to reduce the impact of a radiological release.”
Feds to review Indian Point fuel storage plan 10/16/09
“BUCHANAN – Federal regulators are set to review Indian Point’s plans for moving and storing spent nuclear fuel on site, but say they won’t be pushed by the company’s desire for a fast-track approval.”
Surprise voice alert startles New City 9/19/09
“The message wasn’t supposed to be part of the test. […] it’s supposed to just tell people to evacuate.”
Investigators probe shutdown of Indian Point 3    8/28/09
Riverkeeper has been doing the studies and work regarding the Entergy’s relicensure application.  They have studied and publicized the fish kills, onsite storage of nuclear waste, and antiquated technology.  Check out their website and support their activities.
The Issues, hosted by Sam Davis, features interviews with Robert Goldstein, Esq, General Counsel, Phillip Musegaas, Esq, Policy Director, and James Simpson, as well as Leila Goldmark, Esq., and David Gordon, Esq., formerly of Riverkeeper.  Mr. Gordon also served as Town Attorney to Putnam Valley, and shepherded their Comprehensive Plan update, and draft zoning code.  Interviews are available in the Mahopac Library.
Riverkeeper Announcement
This past week, carried an article about the failure of the latest siren test at Indian Point.  The December 11 issue of the Daily News printed an article by Abby Lubby about the “insignificant” amounts of radioactive steam that were released by the plant.  600,000 gallons of boiling radioactive water escaped through a valve that was stuck open in the Unit 2 reactor.  It turned to steam  carrying tritium over the lower Hudson Valley.  It took two days for them to recognize the problem and shut the plant down.
For the siren test, one out of 16 sirens failed in Putnam County, 78% of all sirens worked.  The NRC requires 90%, but I’m not sure what that means. In Putnam, we get no electricity from this plant, but all of the danger.  The new operating license that the plant operators want, will keep two of the reactors running for 20 more years.
Meanwhile, there are other places on the planet where communities are going green in big ways, municipalities own wind mills, solar electric generating, and seriously encourage home generated solar.  In Putnam Valley, we can’t even get solar panels on Town Hall.
DEIS Comment (draft environmental impact statement)
On Sunday I was outside a restaurant in Westchester, and noticed the sign across the street for the emergency bus stop.  It is there in the event that Indian Point blows.  It was not reassuring.  Does anyone really believe that the emergency plan will work?  I don’t know anyone, who doesn’t work for Entergy, who believes that.  And with all the endless testing for the mostly defective sirens, nobody will be paying any attention anyway.  We are not adequately protected.  The plant is not protected from attack from the river side.  The fact that we need to be protected to such an extreme level should alert you to a problem.
And the potassium iodide.  Very few people think that thyroid cancer is what they will be worrying about.  How much of it has actually been distributed?
On to the specifics of the DSEIS.  You are using an outdated GEIS.  The technology is outdated, resulting in ridiculously high levels of fish kills.  And there is no response to these occurrences.  The legacy leaks occur with disconcerting frequency and cannot be quantified.  There are spent fuel rods on site, with more to come, and no plan for disposal, as well as inadequate security.  The plant is antiquated, and should be closed.  We have no idea how much damage has already been done to the Hudson River, and to the surrounding communities.
I live within the kill zone.  I do not receive any electricity from this plant, and I feel that the risk to which  you expose me is unconscionable.
Indian Point Public Comment
Last Thursday night I wandered into an Indian Point union meeting.  I thought I was going to a DSEIS public hearing, but I was wrong.  The draft supplemental environmental impact statement for relicensure of Indian Point has been submitted to the public for comment.  Written comment is due by March 18, 2009.  Effective comment should expand areas that require environmental review.
On February 12, there was an opportunity to comment in public at Colonial Terrace.  But when I arrived, there were a preponderance of union members from the plant or other unions in front of the entrance, and in the ballroom.  There was a small table for Riverkeeper, which I missed on my way in.  There were lots of tables for the plant, and their public information.
Ideologically, I believe that unions provide a needed protection for workers.  In times like these, especially, jobs should be protected, and the rights of workers should not be trampled in favor of economic expediency.  Economic considerations should include fairness and decency to employees.
Unions suffer from a public relations problem.  This evening did not help that image.
People should not be intimidated into keeping these outdated plants open.  A constant repetition of the phrase safe, vital, secure does not make it so.  And stubborn refusal to hear the public’s concerns does not help promote a cause.
Listening to people who work in the plant talk about having their families live within the kill zone does not inspire any confidence at all.  I understand that people want to keep their jobs.  That does not make the plant safe.  And if you find yourself telling the audience that you are not being paid for your performance and support, ask yourself why people would be assuming that you are.  Why would you need to make that disclaimer? These were not statements that related to the DSEIS. The meeting was billed as an open house “to provide an opportunity for interested members of the public and staff from other Federal, State, and local agencies to interact with the NRC staff in an informal information exchange.”  That didn’t happen
Indian Point uses a technology that is antiquated, and produces deadly by-products.  Those by-products – spent fuel rods are stored unsafely onsite in fuel pools and dry casks which can be viewed from the river.  This is a disaster in waiting.  We hear about legacy leaks.  We know about the massive destruction of fish.  We know that security and terrorism response are not adequately addressed.  We know that the emergency evacuation bus stops are a ridiculous idea.  If there was ever a time for this plant, that time is past.
I live within the kill zone of this plant.  I do not derive a salary from the plant.  I do not receive any electricity from the plant.  The cost – benefit ratio for this plant is all cost for me.
The sirens that didn’t work for such a long time do not inspire any confidence.  How would I even know if they were going off for real.  They have been tested for so long.  And what would I do if they went off.  The bus stops just show that politicians are sometimes capable of real foolishness.  The storage of spent fuel onsite negates any Entergy sponsorship of local events.  This meeting was a real public relations failure for the company.  They are trying to push a product that is unsafe.  They are using a seriously outdated generic environmental impact statement.
I left.  I will submit written comments.  Long Islanders defeated the proposed Jamesport nuclear power plant.  They shut down the Shoreham nuclear power plant despite huge financial costs.  There are too many problems and too many risks for Indian Point to continue.  Now is the time.
The DSEIS may be seen at
Riverkeeper has been working with local governments and the community to prevent Entergy, the owner/ operator of Indian Point, from receiving a 20 year extension on their operating license.  It is currently trying to get the NRC to turn down Entergy’s re-licensing application by requiring stricter review of their current operations.
To find out more about the ongoing operation problems with this plant and what you can do to assist in closing it down, please go to their website link below.
December 13, 2009

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