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Hundreds Gather At Indian Point To Remember Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster

The Indian Point nuclear power plant - Buchanan, NY (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Indian Point nuclear power plant – Buchanan, NY (file/credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Marking a year since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, several hundred people gathered at the entrance to Indian Point Sunday.

Radiation worker Suburro spends his days at Fukushima, monitoring workers’ exposure levels. He was in Tokyo one year ago, when he felt the ground shaking.

“I went inside of the exclusion zone and delivered aid,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

“The Japanese planned for an earthquake that was the biggest for 1,000 years. Well they got one. They got one that was 1,100 years,” said Marilyn Ele of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition.

Ele argues the only fail-safe is a total shutdown, but Patricia Cocredes with a pro-nuclear lobbying group disagrees.

“At this point, New York does not have any source of backup power for that,” she said.

Suburro says if Japan’s made due without the crippled plant the past year, so can New York.

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