Indian Point Nukes North of New York City: How much iodine 131 for us?

There are two nuclear Power Plants less that 30 miles north of New York City, putting them in one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Here’s an old piece by Charlie Keil on why they should be shut down. And here’s a new piece in The New York Times reporting that the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, wants the plants shut down:

For Mr. Cuomo, the new discussion about Indian Point represents the latest chapter in a family history of grappling with nuclear power. The concerns he has expressed about Indian Point, particularly the possibility of trying to evacuate millions of residents around the facility, can be traced back decades: his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, brokered a deal to shut down the Shoreham nuclear plant on Long Island in 1989 because of similar worries.

When he ran for governor last year, Mr. Cuomo said in a policy book that as governor, he would seek to “find alternative sources of energy generation to replace Indian Point nuclear facility because it is too dangerous to continue operating.”

Meanwhile, officials in Tokyo are worried that radioactive iodine (iodine 131) in the water puts infants at risk. They’re 140 miles from plants from plants whose current status is a bit of a mystery:

But it was not entirely clear why the levels of iodine were so high, said a senior Western nuclear executive, noting that the prevailing breezes seem to be pushing radiation out to sea. “The contamination levels are well beyond what you’d expect from what is in the public domain,” said the executive, who insisted on anonymity and has broad contacts in Japan.

 

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  1. #1 by Charlie Keil on March 23, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    I had forgotten what I wrote way back when! We have been trying to close Indian Point for so long. You get used to living with a prevailing insanity.
    Shut IT Down.
    We have to keep saying it, shouting it, writing about it, until Indian Point is closed and the “nuclear waste” is fortified, multiple default positions devised. As Thom Hartmann points out, “spent fuel” is not spent, it’s a euphemism, another lie they tell us to lull us back to sleep.

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