Thursday, March 17, 2011
End Nuclear Power in the Hudson Valley Now
The devastating events in Japan have renewed interest worldwide in the closing of nuclear power plants. Germany has taken action to close down 7 older plants, and China has halted approvals for new plants to be built. We can only hope that the US will follow suit - nuclear power isn't safe or sustainable.
Indian Point, located just across the river in Westchester County, is the closest nuclear power plant to us here in Nyack, and it is, to say the least, rickety. There have been problems with radioactive leaks, malfunctioning rods, and storage concerns. In fact, a study revealed that of all the nuclear power plants nationwide, Indian Point is at greatest risk for earthquake damage, due to it's proximity to the Ramapo fault line. In the meantime, the plant dumps warm water into the Hudson River, upsetting the ecosystem. With 20 million people within a 50 mile radius of this plant, a full evacuation would be close to impossible.
What you can do: (from the website CloseIndian Point.org)
Write a note to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and tell him why closing Indian Point is important to you. Ask him to use the power of his office to prevent the relicensing of the reactors at Indian Point. Use a note card and don't make a big deal out of formal terms of address or anything else. Just get something in the mail. This is something you can do with your kids. Write to: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Executive Chamber, State Capitol, Albany, New York, 12224. Or fax 518-474-1513.
Or write to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Thank him for his “plan to work toward an energy future without the Indian Point nuclear power plant” in Westchester County. Ask him to continue to use the power of his office to prevent the relicensing of the reactors at Indian Point. The address is New York State Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, New York, 12224. Or call him at 518- 474-7330.
You might want to read this excellent article in the Huffington Post yesterday, "Too Cheap to Meter: Ten Myths about Nuclear Power" by Michael Rose.
Is there a nuclear power plant near you?