Indian Point nuclear power plant has more than 100 fire code violations making it difficult to shut down the nearly 40-year facility in an emergency.
The Indian Point nuclear power plant has sought more than 100 exemptions from the fire code that could make it difficult to shut down the nearly 40-year facility in an emergency, New York’s attorney general said on Monday.
The plant, which supplies as much as 30 percent of New York City’s electricity, has been a constant target of the state, which is seeking to block its owner, Entergy Corp, from extending it operating license.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the owner of the plant, located about 40 miles north of the city, sought waivers from federal regulators because it was in violation of the fire safety rules.
“In the wake of Japan’s crisis, our country’s nuclear facilities should be bolstering their safety measures, yet Indian Point is looking to weaken its precautionary measures,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Among the safety code violations were the lack of fire detectors or suppression systems in various locations, the inability of electrical cables to withstand fire damage for one to three hours and the plant’s reliance on complex measures by employees rather than on automatic systems to respond to fires.
Recent NRC data has also showed Indian Point was the nation’s most vulnerable to an earthquake since it sits near a fault line and the state has argued that New York City lies in the potential evacuation zone if there was an accident.