DIAFERIA CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE AND PERMANENT SHUTDOWN OF INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWERPLANT IN NEW YORK.
Green Party Congressional candidate Joseph Diaferia (NY-16) has issued a statement calling for the permanent closure of the Indian Point (IP) Nuclear Power Plant in New York State. Citing the “obvious dangers” of nuclear power, Diaferia expressed particular concern regarding IP’s geographic location. Said Diaferia, “Not that it should ever have been built in the first place, but we have a nuclear power plant built in a geologically sensitive locale, and only 25 miles from New York City”. Continued Diaferia, “Earthquakes are not mere possibilities in this region; they are realities. On October19, 1985 a [Richter Scale 4.0
earthquake] struck Westchester. Its epicenter was approximately 17 miles due south of IP. To my recollection, Westchester sustained a few broken windows, some crooked picture frames, and perhaps a few burglar alarms that chimed ad infinitum—we were very lucky in this instance. But imagine the potential catastrophe if the quake had struck northern Westchester. I know I’ll be accused of hyperbolizing, but such an event might have meant an uninhabitable New York City Metro area”.
Diaferia also recalled the 600,000 gallons of radioactive steam that accidentally escaped from the plant in January of 2010, and the transformer explosion and spillage in November of that year: “These happened without earthquakes, tsunamis or terrorism as causal events. IP is far too dangerous even without the prospect of a major natural disaster. Indeed, it is arguably the most dangerous nuclear power plant in the United States.” Diaferia added, “According to the CDC, the incidence of cancer in the vicinity of Indian Point is exponentially higher that national averages.”
Asked what alternatives could be considered, Diaferia explained, “Needless to say, that are safer and far more sustainable sources of energy such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal. These are the types of energy we should be exploring and adopting. But even if we were to revert entirely to coal produced electricity, coal is finite and not ecologically sound; but is still safer as it does not pose the same immediate catastrophic dangers as nuclear.” Commenting parenthetically, Diaferia recommended the replacement of Unit 2 with a windmill—the site of the two mishaps in 2010: “It may sound tongue-in-cheek, but has anyone seriously explored its feasibility?”
Diaferia is urging New York City and Westchester residents to attend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s hearing on Indian point at the Double Tree Hotel (Tarrytown Hilton) on Thursday, May 17th at 5:30 PM.