17 Oct '11, 3pm

The costs and consequences of a nuclear accident at Indian Point could be far worse than Fukushima.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the environmental group Riverkeeper commissioned a report from Synapse Energy Economics (an energy consulting firm) on energy alternatives to the Indian Point Energy Center, a 2,000 megawatt nuclear power plant in Westchester County, New York. A second risk analysis report by NRDC compares the human and financial costs of the Fukushima disaster to the potential risks of a nuclear crisis at Indian Point, and reveals that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) still underestimates the danger posed to Indian Point from seismic activity. An accident at one of Indian Point’s reactors on the scale of the recent catastrophe in Japan could send a fallout plume south to the New York City metropolitan area, require the sheltering or evacuation of millions of people, and cost ten to 100 times more than Fukushima’s disaster. Our a...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/indianpoint/

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