To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
CLOSE THE INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Sign the petition to demand that Congress prevent the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from relicensing New York's Indian Point nuclear reactors 2 and 3. Indian Point 2's 40-year license expired in 2013 and Indian Point 3's 40-year license expires in 2015.
Why is this important?
The nuclear reactors at Indian Point are located on the Hudson River about 20 miles north of New York City. They sit about one mile from the intersection of two earthquake faults. Indian Point 3 has been identified as the US nuclear reactor most likely to suffer reactor core damage from seismic activity.
There are about 2700 metric tons of high level nuclear waste being stored on-site, most of it in vulnerable fuel pools in warehouse-type buildings, not containment structures like the reactors themselves.
Indian Point sucks in 2.5 billion gallons of Hudson River water every day and shoots it back into the river about 15-20 degrees hotter than when it went in, creating a thermal plume that kills fish and river life by the millions each year.
The spent fuel pools are leaking radioactive water into the ground and into the Hudson River.
There are 20 million people who live within 50 miles of Indian Point, including everyone in New York City.
In 2003, a study found that the Indian Point Emergency Evacuation Plan, was "inadequate to protect the public from an unacceptable dose of radiation."
In 1979, the NRC Director of the Office of State Programs, who was in charge of emergency planning for all US nuclear plants said, "Indian Point is one of the most inappropriate sites in existence" for a nuclear plant.
Relicensing the reactors is actually issuing a new 20-year license. Under current population and seismic standards, Indian Point could NEVER be licensed to operate. Therefore, a new license should not be issued.
The NRC is the only agency that can re-license nuclear plants and only the United States Congress can prevent it from doing so.