On March 28, 2006, an estimated 500 people attended a Town Hall meeting in Peekskill, New York with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to learn about the ongoing radioactive leak occurring at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants in Buchanan, New York (satellite map). Due to the large crowd, early into the meeting, police began turning residents away because the restaurant—Crystal Bay—chosen by the NRC was too small to hold all who wanted to attend.
During the meeting, the NRC was accused by some attendants of trying to minimize the fact that dangerous radioactive waste—including Strontium 90 which has been detected at three times the EPA’s allowable limits—is now leaking into the Hudson River. To date, neither the NRC nor Entergy, the owner/operator of Indian Point, has identified the leak source, knows how long it has been leaking, or knows how to fix the problem.
Also while in attendance, Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, Putnam County Legislator Vinnie Tamagna, and Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet raised concerns over the NRC’s handling of the current leak and of radioactive waste onsite at Indian Point.
Riverkeeper’s Indian Point Campaign Director, Lisa Rainwater, called on the NRC to be forthright with the information, “After all the secrecy, it’s time to come clean with the public. If you don’t know something, admit you don’t know. Be honest with the public, because the longer you mislead us and spin your stories to suit the industry’s bottom line, the greater the mistrust becomes.”