Eleven protestors, who had been arrested on December 12, 2015, outside the Indian Point Energy Center (the formal name of the nuclear reactors on the Hudson River in Buchanan, New York), appeared in court today, March 8, to answer to a charge of disorderly conduct. Represented by attorney Martin Stolar, the 11 were proud to admit that yes, they were guilty: they indeed had held a caution tape across the driveway of the facility on the day that the operating license for Unit 3 expired to alert the public of the danger. Having created a “Run for Your Life” event upon the expiration of the license for Unit 2 on September 28, 2013, they realized that they needed to do something more dramatic with the latest expiration.
Recent events have demonstrated the danger: seven “incidents” in as many months, including a transformer fire and oil spill, as well as the recent well-publicized leaks of tritium and other radioactive materials. It seems that even birds are concerned about nuclear power—within the past few days, one pooped on a wire at Indian Point, causing a short that in turn caused an automatic shut-down of the reactors.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which perhaps may more properly be called the “Nuclear Promotion Commission”, has for 4 years ignored requests by 7 of its engineers to require each and every nuclear plant in the country (except 1, which is where the flaw was discovered and the repair designed) to repair a previously-unrecognized design flaw that could result in a malfunction of pumps intended to cool spent-fuel pools. These heroic engineers stepped out of their role as NRC employees to submit a 2.206 petition to force the NRC to address the issue.
The #IndianPoint11 will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the triple disaster of Fukushima Daiichi (March 11, 2011) with a Peace Walk on Sunday, March 13th, from Peekskill (meeting at the MetroNorth station at 9:45 a.m.) to the gate of Indian Point at Broadway and Bleakley St. in Buchanan.
April 26th will be the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl (1986), and the 11, with the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) and the Stony Point Convergence, will host an open-space conference at the Stony Point Conference Center in Stony Point, New York (almost directly across the Hudson River from Indian Point) at which they will bring together activists from across the region (and hopefully across the country) to discuss plans for ending nuclear power for good.