Should Indian Point Evacuation Zone Include Lower Westchester?

 

Westchester legislators are pushing to extend the 10-mile evacuation zone around Indian Point, located in Buchanan, to 50 miles, reports LoHud. If the zone were expanded to 50 miles it would stretch from New York City north past Poughkeepsie. Westchester County Emergency Services Commissioner Anthony Sutton said he’s worried by the government’s use of the 50-mile zone in Japan, but still believes 10 miles is safe. Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, and Martin Rogowsky, D-Harrison, said they think the zone should be expanded based on findings that high radiation levels were measured 25 miles from the Fukushima plant in Japan. Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi said it’s too soon to consider expanding the zone.

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Westchester.gov Web Sites Seem to be Working

Several of the Westchester.gov Web sites run by the County seem to be back up–at least sporadically– after being hacked Friday. The hacker’s message poked fun at the county’s computer security, saying “Security is a joke! Your box owned by Mr.XHat Greets To: All Underground Hackers & Mafia Bands.”

The sites were those of Several of Westchester County’s offices, including those for the district attorney, the county clerk and the Board of Legislators. Did this shutdown affect you? Did it get in the way of your doing business with the County, finding directions, or anything else?

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Indian Point Fined $1.2 Million

Entergy, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan, in Northern Westchester,  got a slap on wrist last week. It will have to pay a $1.2 million fine for spilling huge amounts of oil into the Hudson River in 2010. Announcing the fine, Joe Martens, Commissioner of  New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, said: “Long-standing problems cannot be left unaddressed at nuclear facilities and Clean Water Act standards must be complied with to protect public health and our state’s natural resources.”  Martens also said that in addition to the oil spill there were violations  of rules for storing bulk chemicals at  the plant. In 2007  another transformer at Indian Point also caught fire and at that time the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) warned the whole industry to improve transformer safety. However, these types of explosions and oil spills are considered to be merely low-level emergencies by the NRC.  The DEC reports that after the 2010 explosion, more than 10,000 gallons of oil were recovered from the transformer, the containment moat and areas outside the containment moat including the discharge canal, the Hudson River shoreline, and the Hudson River.

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