Columbia University says the risk of an earthquake as large as 7.0 on the Richter scale is possible at Indian Point. Entergy admits it can’t handle an earthquake of this magnitude and that at best the plant could withstand a magnitude 6.1 earthquake. This is highly significant because the energy released in a 7.0 level earthquake is roughly 30 times more powerful than a 6.1. Please join us in our effort to shut down Indian Point!
Contact NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko today and let him know the time is now to shut down Indian Point until it can be proven safe.
According to the August 2010 NRC data, Indian Point is now considered the most dangerous plant in the country when it comes to the risk of meltdown due to earthquake. Based on recent information gathered by the government and researchers at Columbia University, the NRC data shows the odds of core damage potentially leading to a meltdown now are 72% higher than previously believed.
Indian Point also has the highest population density surrounding a nuclear plant in the United States, with 20 million people living within a 50 mile radius. It is also the plant with an evacuation plan that former Federal Emergency Management Agency head James Lee Witt called unworkable, in a 2003 report commissioned by New York Governor George Pataki.
Think about how all these factors could work together. Then, take action and forward this message far and wide. We all deserve better from the NRC!