Indian Point is not worth the risk!
More than 20 million people live and work within a 50-mile radius of the Indian Point nuclear reactors, located just 24 miles north of New York City. The peak injury zone includes portions of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Should tragedy strike at Indian Point, evacuation is clearly impossible.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is currently reviewing Entergy's request to renew the operating licenses of Indian Point Units 2 and 3, which expire in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Both of these plants have been plagued with mechanical problems, and the evacuation plan is utterly unrealistic. In addition to a poor safety record and concerns about the spent fuel storage pools on site, this facility is located on two active geological fault lines. Of the 104 commercial reactors in the United States, Indian Point 3 has the highest risk of core damage from an earthquake, according to the NRC.
NYPIRG and many other groups are actively working to shut down Indian Point by opposing the renewal of these operating licenses and other necessary permits. The power generated by Indian Point can be replaced by a combination of energy efficiency and clean renewable energy sources. Governor Cuomo and other prominent leaders have called for the closure of Indian Point, especially in light of the ongoing tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. But not all of our elected officials have taken a stand against Indian Point, and some, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, want to keep it open.
Tell your elected officials that you want Indian Point shut down NOW, and replaced with clean and safe energy solutions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262 (NYC), 202-224-4451 (DC)
Senator Charles Schumer: 212-486-4430 (NYC), 202-224-6542 (DC)
Your Congressional Representative: to find your congressional representative, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 212-788-3000