WHY WE MUST CLOSE INDIAN POINT NOW
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima… What’s next? Clearwater is calling for hearings on the unworkable and impossible evacuation plan for the area surrounding Indian Point, the hardening of the unprotected and overcrowded fuel pools, and other measures to assure public health and safety. It’s time to close Indian Point – relicensing it for another 20 years is truly playing Russian roulette with our future.
Indian Point is sited in the most populous location of any US nuclear plant, 25 miles north of Manhattan, with 20 million people living within a 50-mile radius. A catastrophic accident at Indian Point could kill tens of thousands, cause many more longer-term cancers, and render NYC and much of the Hudson Valley uninhabitable. (View Map)
Elevated cancer rates, contamination of groundwater and environmental damage to the Hudson River ecosystem are already occurring. These are unacceptable prices to keep paying for replaceable power from Indian Point we don’t even need, and much of which is sold out of state.
How to Help
2. Introduce a Municipal Resolution: Ask your municipal government to pass the Resolution for Public Health and Safety Regarding INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR PLANTS. Click here to download the Health & Safety Resolution.
Resolution Activist Toolkit:
3. Write Your Legislators: Click here to view a sample letter to send to your local, state and federal legislators.
4. Volunteer for the Indian Point Campaign: Contact Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director, MannaJo@Clearwater.org, 845 265-8080, x7113
Clearwater is fighting to close the aging, leaking Indian Point nuclear plant, which is reaching the end of its designed 40-year lifespan and applying to renew its license for an unthinkable 20 years. Read a Summary of Clearwater’s Environmental Justice Contention Testimony at Indian Point Relicensing Hearings in Front of Atomic Safety Licensing Board on October 23, 2012.
Indian Point Reading Room
- Potentially Worse than Fukushima
The meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was a wake-up call that we ignore at our peril. It could happen here, and if it did, the consequences would be much, much worse than they were in Japan. more…
- Environmental, Health, Economic Costs
- Elevated Cancer Rates
Health and Environmental Damage
Even without a severe accident, studies already implicate Indian Point in current, measurable health and environmental damage in our area, including increased radiation exposure, elevated cancer rates and massive fish kills. more…
- Emergency & Evacuation Concerns - A Growing, Inescapable Threat
Indian Point is aging, embrittled, leaking, obsolete and a growing threat to public safety. Residents could not escape a serious accident if one occurred, because the evacuation plan has been shown to be ineffective and unable to protect the public. more …
Indian Point Nowhere to Run, video by Tobe Carey
- Earthquake Risk
- Security Concerns
Read The Journal News article: $1.5B lawsuit: Indian Point isn’t secure — Worker seeks damages, claims Entergy makes sham of training
- Replacing Indian Point
Governor Cuomo has taken a strong stance on Indian Point and replacing its power with cleaner, safer alternatives. A new energy infrastructure can create more jobs for New York with safer, cleaner, reliable cost-efficient renewable energy that will put the economy, environment, health and safety of our region on a sounder, safer and more sustainable footing.
Read “Reactor Core Cooling”, David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists:
Read “A Nuclear Hail Mary – Seawater or Disaster” Roger Witherspoon interviews David Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer, Union of Concerned Scientists, and a consultant to both industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: