Public meetings address concerns at Indian Point

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held public meetings in Peekskill Tuesday to inform people about Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant?s performance and the recent radiation leaks.

County officials and residents have been concerned about recent leaks of radioactive tritium and the more dangerous strontium 90 that have been found in the ground. Entergy, who owns the plant, and the NRC have claimed the contamination poses no public health threat, although some of the contamination may be leaking into the Hudson River. Critics were also concerned about recurring problems with the emergency warning sirens in the four counties around Indian Point. Entergy has scheduled the sirens to be replaced later in the year.

The bottom line on this year's review is that the operations at the plant are in line with what the federal regulators expect from them to be operated safely. Entergy officials told the NRC they have even higher performance demands than the federal regulators. Groups that want to close Indian Point have protested outside the meetings. They accuse the NRC of white-washing problems at the plant.

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