Pataki Says He Remains Undecided on Indian Pt.
Gov. George E. Pataki said yesterday that he had not yet reached a decision on whether the Indian Point nuclear power plant should remain open, a debate that has been raging in New York State for nearly two years. The governor said The New York Times “had it wrong” when it reported yesterday that his spokeswoman said he favored keeping the plant open. Asked during a news conference whether he had decided what the fate of the plant should be, Mr. Pataki said, “No.” He suggested that he was waiting for answers from the Bush administration to questions about its safety before he decided one way or the other. “I’m saying that we have to have an answer to the questions of safety,” Mr. Pataki said when asked to clarify his position on whether or not the plant should be closed. “We haven’t gotten those answers.” Those questions, a state official said, arise from the fact that the federal guidelines used to develop the plant’s evacuation plan were conceived decades ago, and do not sufficiently take into account an attack by terrorists. Officials say they have been raising these issues with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency since at least January, and Mr. Pataki said yesterday that he does not believe they have been adequately addressed. Full Story