It has been nicknamed 'Chernobyl on the Hudson'. Lying just 34 miles north of New York City’s Central Park, the Indian Point Energy Center has been leaking the radioactive material known as tritium into the groundwater. On February 6, 2016 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finally alerted the public as to the potential catastrophe. Better late than never? Potential nuclear disasters occurring at the Indian Point Energy Center now managed by the Louisiana based Entergy Corporation have been ongoing since 1973.
Obviously, Indian Point could potentially be a repeat of the level 7 Fukushima Daiichi disaster if a nuclear meltdown occurs due to a hurricane or other natural event leading to equipment failures. However, a similar disaster would require the evacuation of 5.6 million people and render Manhattan a no go zone for decades. In 2004, a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists estimated as many as 44,000 near-term deaths from acute radiation syndrome and as many as 518,000 long-term cancer deaths could occur in people within 50 miles of Indian Point in the event of a severe accident. Potential disaster models reveal the Indian Point plume could reach Chernobyl mass event levels nine times the radiation released at Fukushima.
Indian Point is just one of at least five damaged nuclear power plants in the United States. They are obviously targets for terrorists. Just one more reason why we need our borders closed to President Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Order on Immigration.