BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — All but two of the 172 emergency sirens around the Indian Point nuclear power plants have sounded as expected during a test.
Entergy Nuclear, which owns the plant, says one siren in Putnam County and one in Rockland County did not go off properly Wednesday morning.READ MORE: NYPD: Group Lighting Fireworks In Queens Attacked Man Walking Dog When He Complained About Noise
The 99 percent result meets federal standards. In a February test, the sirens were 100 percent effective.
The sirens are designed to alert residents within 10 miles when there’s a serious problem at the plant. They are tested to make sure they will work when needed.
The siren system went into service in 2008, replacing a problem-plagued older system.
Meanwhile, Rep. Eliot Engel, who enjoyed his tour of Indian Point on Tuesday, says the plant should be closed.
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“Because of the problem after September 11. We live in a different and difficult world,” he says.
Engel says there are too many risks there – seismic risks, the evacuation plan, and security.
That’s why he is pushing a bill that would hold old plants to the same high standards that new plants are required to meet for licensing.
“This is an antiquated old plant and I think that it should not be re-licensed,” says Engel, who adds that Indian Point would never be built in Buchanan today.
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