Many questions have been raised concerning the Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3 Power
Plants as to whether they are safe. The Tsunami crisis in Japan awakened America to the
dangers of nuclear plants, especially when the Commissioners of Nuclear Plants have not
answered my request for a review of the plants as to whether they can withstand a earth-
quake of 9.0. I am certain that they can only withstand a 7.0 earthquake and that is why
I never received a response.
An evacuation of 50 miles around Indian Point- the recent U.S. recommendation for American citizens would mean moving out more than 17 million people, including almost all of New York City.
The Governor, who lives 12 miles from Indian Point, has said he considers the plant, "an unnecessary risk,"
"I'm not against nuclear power, but I am against nuclear power in this plant in this location
with this density in Westchester County, with its proximity to New York City," he said.
Much of the concern about the effects of a sudden Indian Point shutdown comes from New York City.
A new study commissioned by the city's Depatment of Environmental Conversation con-
cluded in a preliminary draft that New Yorkers would pay more, the grid would become less reliable and air pollution would increase because most replacement power would come from fossil fuels.
That draft, leaked last week, estimated energy costs would rise up to 10 %, not including any subsidieis to new energy providers, upgrades to the grid of the costs of 1,100 jobs lost
at Indian Point.
Leaders from several state agencies responded with a statement saying the figures in the study could also support the conclusion that closing Indian Point "is commercially
feasible, does not compromise reliability and has little impact on cost." They said consumers would pay 5% more at most.
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Safety of the People should be the number One concern. A rise of 5% in rates is a small
price to pay for saving lives. I agree with Gov. Cuomo that the Indian Point Plant should
not be relicensed. It is old and has had many defects unreported. LIPA owns 18% of
this Power Plant.
With so much new enery technology, if an Exploritory Committe were formed today the megawatts in energey lost from the nuclear plant could be replaced by other sources of
power. Such as; Hydropower from Niagara Falls, Champlain/Hudson Underground Power,
Cable, and a combination of other new technology and no fossil fuel may have to be used.
I would be happy to assist and look into what other sources are currently available and inform the Department of Envinronment or the New York Senatorial Energy and Telecommunication Chairman, Sen Maziarz and Co-Chairman, Sen. Fuchillo and Sen. LaValle.
With the addition of a new energy/power source, there would be employment of all those
that were unemployed. There were would not be any significant changes in that category.
We cannot displace the residents of New York City, it is an impossibility. We need to
find an alternative to the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
The Indian Point Power plant is located in Buchanan, New York, 35 miles up on the
Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, provides about a quarter of the power used in
New York City and Westchester Couty. The plant began operating in the 1970's and
licenses for the two reactors are set to expire in 2013 and 2015.
One other very good reason to close down the Indian Point Power Plant is that it has
contaminated the Hudson River with radioactive waste from the nuclear waste water it
needs to cool off the reactors.
Gov. Cuomo has declared his resolve to block relicensing; his aides recently met with
the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear.
Owners of Nuclear plants do not share information of problems they have with the
nuclear plants. Therefore, they do not learn from each other on how to fix problems
with certain parts, which all of them could be learning from. They keep everything confi-
dential. This system should be changed if we want the Nuclear Plants in America
to become safer.
Rose Van Guilder
Alliance for Independent Long Island
P. O. Box 108
W. Sayville, N. lY. 11796