NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his staff will meet Tuesday with nuclear regulators to discuss whether a disaster like the one in Japan could happen at the Indian Point power plant.

Indian Point is 38 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. It sits near the Ramapo Fault, but earthquakes on that fault line are rare.

Cuomo said Saturday that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Director of State Operations Howard Glaser will meet with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond has more on the demands for risk assessment at Indian Point

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said federal regulators have ignored the plants’ quake safety in the relicensing process.

“The potential for harm is so catastrophic that it has to be taken into account,” Schneiderman told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

Entergy Corp., which runs the plant, says the reactors are safe. Spokesman Jim Steets said the reactors are built to withstand a magnitude-6 earthquake, and the plant’s backup electrical generators are on high ground and safe from any tsunami that might swell the Hudson River.

The New York Public Interest Research Group plans to request that Cuomo also discuss the state’s other aging nuclear plants at the NRC meeting.

NYPIRG’s Laura Haight said Saturday that five of the state’s six nuclear plants have been operating since 1980.

She said a letter to Cuomo will be delivered Sunday.

The Sierra Club is also asking the governor to expand his agenda.

A spokesman for Cuomo did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Mike C. says:

    I Think its funny how politicians hitch their wagon to this cause in order to push their agenda! Let’s see how this all plays out six months down the road. Something to think about also. If there is a earthquake large enough to hurt the plants infrastructure I would hate to see what happens in all the borrows of New York City. The damage would be so great that Indian Point would be the last thing we would be thinking about! This city cannot take a magnitude 7.0 earthquake let alone a 9.0…

  2. myoilheat says:

    I don’t understand one thing. Back in the 70’s during the so called gas shortage government did nothing about alt-energy. If they have and not take payouts from opec and oil companies we would have fewer nuclear plants and we all be driving hydrogen powered cars. It’s not all about nuclear power being the issue, but the government that is so corup and killing us all in taxes. Both sides of the isle does not want to do anything about it. Just follow the money. We are AMERICANS we can do anything buy money corups us all in the governemnt. It’s a darn shame.

  3. topgun says:

    how will you replace the power you will lose and the jobs associated with this shutdown

  4. guest says:

    Richie I concur.

  5. RichieT says:

    Nobody brings up what happened to NYC on 9/11 when two planes took down the World Trade Canter. There is ZERO defense at Indian Point to prevent the same thing from happening there. Stewart International Airport, is over 60 miles north of MIDTOWN Manhattan. not north of the city. Indian Point is 38 miles north of the city, How far apart are they. Do the math. That’s ~ 22 miles. It wouldn’t take a jet to take down Indian Point. Shut it DOWN.. If they can’t do that, I totally understand the problems that would cause, at-least don’t renew the licenses. They don’t meet the current safety laws. When you renew a drivers license, what laws do you have to follow. All of them, not just the ones when you first got it.

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