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Nuclear power opponents host vigil for Fukushima at N.Y. facility

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 7, 2013 in Environment
Buchanan - Opponents of nuclear power have planned a vigil in Westchester County, N.Y. this weekend, to coincide with the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
Local environmental groups that oppose the Indian Point nuclear power plant, located in Buchanan, N.Y., have organized a vigil to mark the anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster in Japan that occurred on Mar. 11, 2011.
According to the Daily Voice, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, the Indian Point Convergence, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other environmental groups will be in attendance.
The event will begin at the Croton-Harmon Train Station on Saturday where a conference will be held. Former Navy navigators on the USS Ronald Reagan Jaime Plym and Maurice Enis will tell their own personal stories associated with the Fukushima disaster. After the conference, they will be joined by Peace Walkers on the 12th Annual Walk for a New Spring, a group currently on a 50-day walk from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C.
For decades many groups in the New York Tri-State area have been wanting to close Indian Point down for various reasons. The facility was initiated in the 1950s and came to fruition in the early 1960s. The viability of Indian Point has been an ongoing issue for those in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant.
Reasons often cited are safety issues, the age of the facility, its proximity to NYC, and the fact the plant sits on an earthquake fault. Additionally, many residents fear the lack of a feasible evacuation plan in the event a disaster were to occur. Many of the escape routes are narrow rural roads and cannot handle the level of traffic that would ensue; other routes are heavily congested areas.
Currently, the facility, run by Entergy, is up for renewal of licenses, which has resulted in many disputes. Entergy says it provides 25 percent of New York City and Westchester's power.
Proponents of the facility recently said it will cost New Yorkers an $811 million increase if it closes down. Additionally, local lawmakers, for decades, have pointed out the loss of jobs and lack of a replacement source of energy as issues associated with a shutdown.
“While no speakers are planned there will be an opportunity for public participation. There is power in standing witness and all of us there are working for the closure of Indian Point,” said representatives with the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition in a press release. “Exposure to radiation from an unexpected release of radiation has long been of great concern to people living within the 50-mile radius of Indian Point.”
The vigil will take place at at 3:15 p.m. at the gates of the facility.
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