To: Members of Congress: Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Nita Lowey, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney

Close the Indian Point nuclear power plant

Close the Indian Point nuclear power plant

Stop the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from relicensing the Indian Point nuclear reactors 2 and 3.

Why is this important?

The nuclear reactors at Indian Point are located on the Hudson River about 20 miles north of New York City. They sit about one mile from the intersection of two earthquake faults. Indian Point 3 has been identified as the US nuclear reactor most likely to suffer reactor core damage from seismic activity.

There are about 2700 metric tons of high level nuclear waste being stored on-site, most of it in vulnerable fuel pools in warehouse-type buildings, not containment structures like the reactors themselves.

Indian Point sucks in 2.5 billion gallons of Hudson River water every day and shoots it back into the river about 15 - 20 degrees hotter than when it went in, creating a thermal plume that kills fish and river life by the millions each year.

The spent fuel pools are leaking radioactive water into the ground and into the Hudson River.

There are 20 million people who live within 50 miles of Indian Point, including everyone in New York City.

In 2003, a study found that the Indian Point Emergency Evacuation Plan, was "inadequate to protect the public from an unacceptable dose of radiation."

In 1979, the NRC Director of the Office of State Programs, who was in charge of emergency planning for all US nuclear plants said, "Indian Point is one of the most inappropriate sites in existence" for a nuclear plant.

Relicensing the reactors is actually issuing a new 20-year license. Under current population and seismic standards, Indian Point could NEVER be licensed to operate. So a new license should not be issued.

The NRC is the only organization that can re-license nuclear plants and only the United States Congress can prevent it from doing so. This petition will be delivered to the Senators and Members of Congress listed above, due to their geographic locations, the committees they serve on, and their strong interest in the topic.

Buchanan, NY, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • This faciitly should never opened so close to NYC and now the surrounding area has a dense population. There is no chance of a safe evacuation. Besides potential loss of life and property...25miles to Wall St,NYC..What could happen? Do you think your insurance company will pay if you can no longer live in your home?
  • Whether you love atomic power or not, Indian Point is run by an Entity which cares NOT for our well-being. They are corrupt, incompetent, and are given too much license by the NRC to proceed with their dangerous MO. Please consider whether we really need this plant, along with the insecure and dangerous fuel pools on site. Dry cask the fuel, and CLOSE INDIAN POINT!
  • This decrepit deadly reactor site has been in the news for leaks, lack of fire protection, corruption and incompetency. Shut it down before it's too late!

Updates

2016-06-07 16:11:48 -0700

NRC Annual Assessment Meeting: Wed, June 8, 6-9 pm, DoubleTree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY

Our press conference starts at 6 p.m. Issues for 2015: broken baffle bolts, especially in the still-open Unit 3. How many bolts are degraded, disintegrated, and about to cause damage? Why are they not shutting down to inspect, as they have with Unit 2?

What about the tritium leak that was discovered before the bolts? Despite allegations that the tritium has stayed on/under the IP site itself, we know it has entered the groundwater.

Absurdly, construction is proceeding to run the AIM pipeline right past the Indian Point site; 105 feet from the on-site storage facility for fuel for the back-up generators. What could possibly go wrong? See more at SAPE2016.org.

We will read this petition to the press and will have pointed questions and direct statements for the NRC. It is past time that they get serious about protecting our public health and safety.

2015-05-19 05:11:59 -0700

NRC ANNUAL ASSESSMENT MEETING
Westchester Marriot Hotel, 670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY
Wed, May 20 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

The May 9th Transformer Fire was Indian Point’s 3rd Transformer Fire since 2007. It was difficult to extinguish and re-ignited.

Indian Point’s transformers are not considered under the NRC relicensing rule. The NRC has ignored New York’s request to include transformers under IP’s Aging Management Plan.

NRC granted Indian Point fire safety exemptions that reduced fire protection from one hour to only 24 minutes in 2007.

Indian Point is storing 2700 tons of “spent” fuel. NRC’s study acknowledged that a spent fuel pool fire could render 9,400 square miles of land around New York City a wasteland.

The “spent fuel” is being stored indefinitely in pools over-packed to more than 6 times design capacity in non-robust structures with tops similar to big box stores like Walmart.

2015-05-18 09:48:06 -0700

Please take a few seconds to vote in the LoHud poll to express your concern regarding our region's aging and dangerous nuclear power plant, Indian Point.

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/2015/05/13/question-week-indian-point-worries/27250157/

After the transformer explosion and fire last weekend and thousands of gallons of oil pouring into the Hudson River, the management and safety of the plant by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is questionable.

Entergy has received an exemption from the NRC for the insulation to protect cables from fire. The insulation is supposed to last for an hour, but Entergy got the NRC to give them an exemption so it only has to last 24 minutes.

Please take a moment to vote in the poll. Then share it via facebook, twitter and email.

Thanks very much for your help!

2015-03-05 08:18:49 -0800

FUKUSHIMA AND INDIAN POINT
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 PM
Peekskill Presbyterian Church
705 South Street, Peekskill, NY

Jun-san Yasuda and the Peace Walkers from the Grafton Peace Pagoda will meet for prayer and ceremony at the gates of Indian Point at 1:30 and then make the mile walk to the church.

Hear the latest information on Fukushima from Yuko Tonohira who has recently returned from Japan.

Gary Shaw of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition will talk about Indian Point earthquake risks and where we are now in the relicensing battle.

Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, will talk about green replacement energy for Indian Point.

Share a potluck dinner with Jun-san Yasuda and the Peace Walkers. All are welcome.

Public transportation from NYC: Peekskill Metro North Station. Call IPSEC at 1-888-474-8848 (1-888-I-SHUT-IT) by Friday, March 7 to arrange for pick up.

2014-07-11 09:00:17 -0700

Indian Point: Robot to help search for tritium leak

Michael Risinit, mrisinit@lohud.com

July 9, 2014
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/indian-point/2014/07/09/indian-point-tritum-leak-robot/12426335

Radioactive material has been showing up in the groundwater below the plant since March

Indian Point officials will send a camera-equipped robot into pipes beneath the nuclear power plant next week to try to find the source of radioactive material showing up in the groundwater below the plant.

The move is the latest in an investigation that began shortly after elevated levels of tritium were found in two monitoring wells in late March near Indian Point Unit 2. Tritium, a byproduct of nuclear power, is a radioactive form of hydrogen.

2014-07-03 05:28:52 -0700

Could rupture of aging pipeline ignite nuclear plant's control room?

By Susan Q. Stranahan

2:00 am, May 11, 2011 Updated: 12:19 pm, May 19, 2014

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/05/11/4544/could-rupture-aging-pipeline-ignite-nuclear-plants-control-room

Two interstate natural gas lines, each a half-century old, run about 200 yards from a reactor containment building. They are part of a system that transports some 2.4 billion cubic feet of gas at high pressure every day. A rupture in one of those lines could create what one nuclear industry veteran familiar with the plant’s operations called “an 800-foot blowtorch.” He said the inferno could render the control room uninhabitable and make it impossible to shut down Unit 3 — assuming operators survived the fire or, worse, an explosion.

The gas lines, one 30 inches in diameter and the other 26, are some 620 feet from the containment building of the Unit 3 reactor.

2014-06-10 20:26:42 -0700

Radioactive groundwater spikes under Indian Point in Buchanan
http://westchester.news12.com/news/radioactive-groundwater-spikes-under-indian-point-in-buchanan-1.8381575
BUCHANAN - Federal investigators are searching for the cause of a spike in radioactive material in the groundwater beneath the Indian Point Power Plant.
The spike was detected after the reactor for Unit Two was shut down for refueling.

2014-06-08 15:02:04 -0700

Indian Point: Radioactive tritium spiked in groundwater

June 6, 2014

Indian Point is trying to figure out why some recent samples collected from monitoring wells had higher than usual levels of radioactive tritium.

Federal regulatory and Indian Point officials are searching for the source of a spike in radioactive material discovered in groundwater beneath the nuclear power plant in Buchanan.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said elevated levels of tritium were found in two monitoring wells in late March near Indian Point Unit 2. Sampling last month found the highest detected level had dropped by about 92 percent but was still higher than usual.

Read more at:
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/indian-point/2014/06/06/indian-point-investigating-tritium-leak/10092537

2014-05-30 13:25:01 -0700

Fukushima lessons learned? None! NRC ends consideration of expedited unloading of radioactive waste pools
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission snuck out a major decision on the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend. Its generic study of whether or not to require the expedited transfer of "spent nuclear fuel" (irradiated nuclear fuel rods, highly radioactive waste) out of vulnerable storage pools will be unceremoniusly ended, with no requirement to unload pools into dry cask storage. The study was undertaken as part of NRC's Fukushima "lessons learned" process, created by former NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese nuclear catastrophe.
http://www.beyondnuclear.org/radioactive-waste-whatsnew/2014/5/28/fukushima-lessons-learned-none-nrc-ends-consideration-of-exp.html
This is one reason why Congress needs to overrule the NRC about re-licensing Indian Point.

2014-05-27 13:34:15 -0700

The NRC's annual assessment meeting of Indian Point's performance in 2013 will be on June 4th, 6-9 pm in Peekskill. Here are the details:
http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20140943
Please think about joining us to protest Indian Point's continued UNLICENSED operation! Thanks.

2014-05-15 13:27:00 -0700

Here's a study worth looking at. Done some time ago.
http://www.ccnr.org/crac.html

2014-05-10 06:35:55 -0700

NRC WANTS GREATER EARTHQUAKE SCRUTINY AT INDIAN POINT
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/indian-point/2014/05/09/nrc-wants-earthquake-study-indian-point/8906597/

2014-04-22 13:55:58 -0700

10,000 signatures reached

2014-04-19 05:27:29 -0700

Indian Point's owner refuses to install a closed cycle cooling system required by law at its Buchanan plant, to prevent destruction of ecosystem in the Hudson River.
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/04/12/indian-point-entergy-nuclear-buchanan-westchester/7617655/

2014-04-18 12:04:30 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2014-04-18 06:21:14 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2014-03-05 21:32:54 -0800

500 signatures reached

2014-03-03 12:01:44 -0800

100 signatures reached

2014-03-03 09:25:13 -0800

50 signatures reached

2014-03-03 07:11:50 -0800

25 signatures reached

2014-03-03 05:35:09 -0800

10 signatures reached