FEMA Says It Can't Approve Emergency Plan or Indian Pt.
The future of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County grew cloudier last night after the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported it could not give “reasonable assurance” that emergency plans for the area around the plant would work. The agency, issuing a 500-page preliminary finding, said it based its assessment largely on New York State’s failure to provide it with crucial information, and asked state officials to comply by May 2 before it sends a final report to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The commission, the final arbiter over whether a plant stays open, requires plants to have a FEMA-approved plan as a condition of its licenses; it has never closed a plant over emergency planning concerns. The FEMA report was essentially another volley in an exchange between the state and federal governments over emergency planning at Indian Point, which has been a source of growing anxiety in the region over its safety and vulnerability to a terrorist attack. A range of groups and elected officials have urged federal regulators to shut down the plant, in Buchanan, 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. Full Story