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Concerns Raised Over Pipeline Near Indian Point

The Indian Point nuclear power plant - Buchanan, NY - File / Photo: Monika Graff/Getty Images

The Indian Point nuclear power plant – Buchanan, NY (file/credit: Monika Graff/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – A former utility executive and nuclear opponent is raising concerns about two large underground natural gas pipelines that cross within a few hundred feet of the Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan, N.Y.

The nuclear reactors’ owner, the pipelines’ owner and regulators say the pipelines do not pose a threat.

The nuclear opponent, an energy consultant from West Hartford, Conn., filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Monday that questions whether the NRC has properly studied the effects of an explosion of the lines or planned for such an accident.

The lines supply New England with a quarter of its daily natural gas needs.

Concerns about natural gas pipeline safety have been heightened since a September pipeline blast in San Bruno, Calif. killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes.

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