New York - Leaks Could Turn Indian Point Nuclear Plant Into Chernobyl Disaster
New York - Manhattan and the Bronx would be uninhabitable if the accident-prone Indian Point nuke plant suffered a Chernobyl-like disaster, an environmental group charged Monday.
A massive radiation release similar to the 1986 catastrophe in Ukraine could also contaminate Brooklyn and chunks of Queens and Staten Island, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“The more you learn about Indian Point, the more you know it must close,” said Robert Kennedy Jr., a senior attorney at NRDC. “It’s too old, it’s near too many people, and it’s just too vulnerable to fire, earthquake and attack.”
The doomsday scenario comes as political titans clash over the aging plant 24miles north of the city, which sits on an earthquake fault, and has been hit by radiation leaks and at least two fires since 2007.
“An accident at an Indian Point reactor on the scale of the recent catastrophe in Japan could cause a swath of land down to the George Washington Bridge to be uninhabitable for generations due to radiation contamination,” NRDC says.
It could also require the sheltering or evacuation of up to 5.6 million New Yorkers, the report says.
The company said an earthquake paired with a tsunami couldn’t happen at upriver Indian Point. It also said the primitive graphite reactor at Chernobyl had nothing in common with the multiple safeguards deployed at Indian Point.
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