-Michael H. Levy, a retired U.S. Army Ranger Captain; addressing Indian Point concerns at an Ossining Town Board Meeting on November 1st, 2005.
Once in a while, Ill find myself driving north, along the Hudson River. Ideally, this drive is at its best during the summer as the sun sets. There is no better time of the day than the twilight period, especially as you drive along the scenic river. As the suns captivating streaks lay delicately along the sky and the night begins to make its presence with a preview of stars, the twilight captures the beauty of both day and night. Accompanying this period when the sun gracefully departs and the moon begins her shift, are the gentle river breezes that blanket the area. These light gusts would create shimmering patterns on the waters surface. This is the Hudson.
But these getaways end abruptly. The suns fading colors would brush along the shore and forests until the natural collided with the artificial. You could see the colors disappear on the dead surface of concrete and steel. A vicious barbed-wire fence displays partially-shredded plastic grocery bags, which are held captive in its jagged teeth. Two massive domes stick out of the land like tumors. The river breeze that once provided comfort and tranquility now leaves your body shivering. As you drive by Indian Point, your mind feels uneasy. Some may say that these are signs of natures distress and weakness, but I like to think that this is her way of giving us warning. Indian Point didnt belong on the river. Like an apple with a bright and shiny appearance on one side, and a white, moldy growth on the other side, Indian Point has a parasitic presence. The nuclear power plants ugly appearance represents much more than a contrast between natures beauty and mans artificiality: the plant represents fear and vulnerability.
Could Indian Point Power Plant become a target for terrorists?
Whos guarding the plant?
In the case of an attack, who would be affected? How much of a radius would this explosion/blast cover? Whos in the safe-area?
(and believe me, we all checked)
Is there an evacuation plan?
Can we shut it down?
What can we do?
And they answered.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) tried to assure us that there was no cause for alarm. While this may seem like the type of response that wed want to hear, we know that there is little honesty and merit behind their statements. The individuals at the NRC, who are in charge of protecting citizens and regulating the nuclear-power industry, are utterly incompetent.
If you asked Dupont whether or not their chemicals contained harmful carcinogens that posed serious risks to the public health, what would they say?