Contrary to anti-nuclear organization Riverkeeper’s recent assertion in this publication, last week’s earthquake centered in Westchester County provides yet another degree of assurance that Indian Point is safe.
Indian Point is constructed to withstand an earthquake more than ten thousand times stronger than the one that alarmed Riverkeeper last week and is safe from an earthquake much stronger than has ever been recorded in this area.
Riverkeeper once again repeated the false statement that Indian Point Unit 3 is more susceptible to earthquake damage than any other nuclear power plant. Several years ago, experts at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the independent federal agency charged with ensuring nuclear safety, publicly refuted the so-called “ranking.”
From an NRC representative on March 18, 2011: “Let’s be clear: The NRC does not rank nuclear power plants according to their vulnerability to earthquakes. This ‘ranking’ was developed by an MSNBC.com reporter using partial information and we believe an even more partial understanding of how we evaluate plants for seismic risk. Each plant is evaluated individually according to the geology of its site, not by a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model – therefore such rankings or comparisons are highly misleading. . . Bottom line: the NRC does not rank plants on seismic risk. Plants in this country continue to operate safely and securely.”
The public can continue to rely on the professionalism of Indian Point’s employees and the plant’s many redundant safety systems, and should reject misinformation from Riverkeeper, which has no expertise in nuclear operations, nuclear safety, or seismology. The employees at Indian Point will continue to operate the facility safely and in accordance with strict regulations until permanent closure in 2021.
Senior Manager, Communications