One of the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant on the Hudson tops the list of US reactors at greatest risk from an earthquake, according to estimates by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The risk of the one reactor (there are three on site) being damaged is 1 in 10,000 each year, the NRC figures (the odds of the other reactors being damaged are much higher). [msnbc.com]
Andrew Cuomo responded to the report this afternoon. From his remarks:
I've had concerns about Indian Point for a long time... I understand the power and the benefit. I also understand the risk. This plant in this proximity to New York City was never a good risk. But this is new information that we're going to pursue. [State of Politics]
Indian Point is about 30 miles north of New York City (map). It's a little less than 100 miles from Albany.
Earthquakes aren't really all that uncommon in New York State. There was the relatively strong one centered in Ottawa that we felt here last summer (there was one not far from the New York border just today). And there's been a series of tiny quakes in the hill towns of Albany County the last few years.
Here's more about the history of earthquakes in New York State.
[via NY Mag]
image: Flickr user Tony the Misfit
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