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Study Sees a Longer Time for Evacuating Indian Pt.

A study commissioned by Entergy Nuclear Northeast, which owns and operates the Indian Point nuclear power complex, has concluded that it would take nine hours and 25 minutes to evacuate everyone in the 10-mile zone around the plants, almost twice as long as previously estimated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires nuclear-power plant operators to submit a report updating evacuation-time estimates when the census records a big rise in population. The counties integrate the new data into their emergency plans and use it to make decisions during a nuclear accident. The plant’s current evacuation plan has been a political hot potato since January, when the four counties surrounding the plant refused to certify the plan, after a report commissioned by Gov. George E. Pataki cast doubt on the plan’s effectiveness. State officials did the same, citing a lack of information from the counties. The fate of the emergency plan is now before FEMA and ultimately rests with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Full Story

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