Not a factor in relicensing..?
Congress Member, NRC Chairperson Tour Indian Point Plants
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The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) toured Indian Point nuclear power plants Monday.
"Simply put, it's just not safe for a nuclear facility to operate in an area as densely populated as this," said Lowey. The Congress member also said that evacuation plans for a 50-mile radius around the plant are unrealistic.
"We know what it's like at rush hour around here," she said.
Macfarlane, on the other hand, said "the plant has been operating safely."
Indian Point Unit 2 and Unit 3 are seeking a 20-year license extension. The licenses expire in 2013 and 2015 respectively, but the plants will be allowed to operate throughout the license renewal proceedings. Although Lowey expressed concerns about evacuation planning, it is outside the scope of relicensing hearings, and will not affect whether or not the plant is relicensed.