Indian Point City Council Resolution Initiative – Ask your Council Member to Sign On

NYC Council Resolution No. 0694-2015 — calling upon the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject the relicensing of Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, so that those reactors will cease operations — was introduced into the New York City Council on May 14, 2015. (click here to see resolution text)

Now we need to contact our respective City Council Members and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors in order to build the support necessary for the resolution to pass.We’re asking our members, supporters, friends and neighbors to assist us in this effort.

Here are the steps to take:

  1. Find your Council Member and district by clicking here.
  2. Check to see if your CM is already a co-sponsor by clicking here. A list of current sponsors is posted at the top of the column to the right also. If so, call or email and thank them.
  3. If your CM hasn’t signed on yet, the easiest step to take is to just contact your CM by phone or email, tell them you support Res. 0694, and urge them to co-sponsor. You might also want to arrange to meet with your CM at their office to speak with them in person about the resolution. Consider making the visit with a friend or two and present your Council Member with an information packet on Indian Point. Our Education/Research /Facts Committee will have a packet available soon.
  4. To help us track our progress, coordinate our efforts, and determine what follow up may be necessary,  we ask that you fill out and submit the form below. Please submit the form for your initial contact and any follow up action. Your information will not appear on the site.

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  5. How you made contact. Check the box(es) that apply.
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  7. A brief summary of your conversation or correspondence with that person.
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Join SDIPN at the Left Forum this Sunday

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A short report and (some pics) from the LOISAIDA Festival

We had a fun and productive day at the LOISAIDA Festival yesterday. The weather was with us if not a little windy at times. Tabling with me were Ann Eagan, Marty Rajandran, Catherine Skopic and Tom Siracuse. Also at the event were members Ken Gale and Matt Borenstein. We were tabling in the “green zone,” the area designated for environmental groups. We were there along with the Raging Grannies, United for Action and Riverkeeper, among others.
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We shared our table with the 6th Street Community Center, which provided chairs and tables for us (thank you, Howard Brandstein), and with David Galarza, who was petitioning for a group trying to halt the construction of a garbage incinerator in Arecibo PR. We also met Bronx community and political activist, Ed Figueroa, who was just across from us with the group “33 Mujeres,” which is fighting for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera.
The festival kicked off with a short parade, including a marching band organized, coincidentally, by a neighbor of mine from my block in the Bronx (she’s been telling me for the past three years that she was going to find the funding to do this).
SDIPN tabled with information about the City Council Resolution, various flyers, our “shut down” petition, and sign up sheets. We filled seven petition sheets, and signed up eight new people, including Eileen Bardel with Peace Action of Staten Island, who also joined our Action Committee. Eileen invited me to speak at their next meeting on June 11, to explain how her members can get involved with SDIPN.
We also had drawing materials available for children, whom we asked to “Paint us a picture of the world you want to see:”
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Our thanks to everyone who helped to make our participation in the festival go off without a hitch.

How much electricity does Indian Point provide to our grid?

[Thanks to Marilyn Elie of The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) for this information.]
This has been a contentious question, aided and abetted by faulty investigative journalism, and by lazy reporters who prefer to Google the question and take a figure from the NYT rather than do their own work.
  1.  IP does not provide 2,000 MW of electricity to NYC/WC.
  2. IP does not provide 25% of the electricity used in NYC/WC — despite a Sunday story a couple of years ago that said one out of four light bulbs in the  area was powered by IP.

IP provides 560 MW to the area, and sells the rest wherever it can — frequently through the Independent System Operator (ISO) New England, especially in the winter when New England gas is converted to heating usage. Continue reading

Did We Almost Lose New York?

by Harvey Wasserman

Smoke seen rising from the Indian Point Energy Center on Saturday, May 9.       (Photo: Ricky Flores/AP)

For the third time in a decade a major fire/explosion has ripped apart a transformer at the Indian Point reactor complex.

News reports have taken great care to emphasize that the accident happened in the “non nuclear” segment of the plant.

Ironically, the disaster spewed oil into the Hudson River, infecting it with a toxic sheen that carried downstream for miles. Entergy, the nuke’s owner, denies there were PCBs in this transformer.

It also denies numerous studies showing serious radioactive health impacts on people throughout the region.

You can choose whether you want to believe the company in either case.

But PCBs were definitely spread by the last IP transformer fire. They re-poisoned a precious liquid lifeline where activists have spent decades dealing with PCBs previously dumped in by General Electric, which designed the reactors at Fukushima.

Meanwhile, as always, the nuclear industry hit the automatic play button to assure us all that that there was “no danger” to the public and “no harmful release” of radiation.

But what do we really know about what happened and could have happened this time around? Continue reading

Resolution to close Indian Point introduced into NYC Council

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SDIPN officers Ann Eagan (l) and John Reynolds (r, holding sign) in the council chamber of City Hall witnessing introduction of resolution to close Indian Point.

Dear Friends,

Today is a day to celebrate as we turn the corner in our efforts to shut down Indian Point, our own Fukushima on the Hudson! The new Chair of the NYC Committee on Environmental Protection, Donovan Richards, introduced Resolution 0694-2015 into the City Council together with Councilmembers Stephen Levin and Helen Rosenthal. The resolution calls on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to relicense  the Indian Point reactors! (click here for text). Now we have to get a whole bunch of our 51 NYC Council members to co-sponsor the resolution, to make sure it will pass successfully. Please call your NYC Council member and ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor. If you’re in the district of Richards, Levin or Rosenthal, call them and thank them, and ask how you can help to insure the successful passage of Resolution 0694-2015.  To look up your Council member and contact info go to: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml and enter your address.

On a personal note, I started working for this resolution after 911, in 2001, when the NY Times, and later the 911 Commission, reported that Al Qaeda was considering Indian Point as a target, when it decided instead to attack the World Trade towers!! Together with Code Pink, we marched around City Hall with a marching band and pink feather boas to attract attention and met with the head of the environmental committee at that time, Gennaro, who said he would put our Close Indian Point  resolution forward but nothing happened.  In 2011, after Fukushima, we tried again with Council member Mark- Viverito who also said she would move it forward but it disappeared into a black hole. Our new City Council is very progressive. They marched at the head of the 400,000 strong People’s Climate March this past fall. Donovan Richards represents the people of Far Rockaway who were underwater during hurricane Sandy. He and his new colleagues on the Council really “get it.” They know we have to move to a sustainable NYC, 100% powered by sun, wind, geothermal, small scale hydro, coupled with efficiency and conservation by 2030 as other cities are doing. We can do it too! There are already existing solutions. For example, CUNY has done a solar rooftop study that shows we can get 40% of our peak power from solar paneled rooftops in NYC.  Other studies show the huge potential of wind energy and the enormous savings from insulating our buildings properly, using magnitudes less fuel for heating and cooling—using “negawatts” as Amory Lovins has named those savings from efficiency.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!   Call your Council member to sponsor Res. No. 0694-2015 and spread the word. Ask your friends and neighbors to call too! And look for additional action alerts coming your way, including a big sign-on letter for organizations. Thanks for your help.

Alice Slater

PS:  for some reason, Mayor DiBlasio, in issuing his report for One NYC http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc/html/home/home.shtml, on how to move forward towards sustainability, forgot to delete Bloomberg’s touting of nuclear power and keeping Indian Point pointed like a dagger at NYC.   We have to get to DiBlasio as well and ask him to amend One NYC so that it really works for people without relying on toxic nuclear power, threatening the very survival of our city and our health and well being.

Explosion, Fire, Oil Spill at Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility

ip_explosionAround 6:00 pm Saturday evening, a transformer at the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Buchanan NY – just 25 miles from the NYC border – exploded and burst into flame. No injuries were reported but independent monitors recorded a spike in radioactive emissions of 2 -3 times the normal rate. Emergency crews initially put out the fire but it burst into flames again later on. The explosion ruptured the transformer causing a leak of the oil used to cool it, which went into a holding tank that then overflowed, discharging  thousands of gallons of the oil into the Hudson River. The explosion also initiated a shut down of the #3 reactor as a precaution. There’s no word yet when it will go back on line.  More information is provided in the articles and reports linked below.

An incident like this only adds to our argument for the complete shutdown and decommissioning of Indian Point.  A number of concerns and issues need to be restated at this time: Continue reading

SDIPN at the 2015 Left Forum

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SDIPN will be presenting a panel at this year’s Left Forum from May 29 – 31, hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The theme this year is “No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy.”

We’ll make the connection between the Black Lives Matter Movement and groups like SDIPN that are fighting for environmental justice by confronting the lies and distortions that  corporations like Entergy are distributing in communities of color in their effort to promote nuclear energy as a “clean and green” alternative to fossil fuels.

The date and time of our panel has not yet been announced. Check back for further information as we receive it.

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Fukushima + 4 Event at Goddard-Riverside Center

Video courtesy of Joe Friendly

SDIPN Elections / Bylaws Report

Elections for a new term of SDIPN officers was held at a general membership meeting last evening, Feb. 25, 2015, at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center. Following a call for additional candidates – there were none – The uncontested slate for Chair, Secretary and Treasurer was elected by consensus  after a motion to do so was introduced, seconded, and with no objections heard. The officers for the new term are:

  • Carl Lundgren – Chair
  • John Reynolds – Secretary
  • Ann Eagan – Treasurer

Also at the meeting, bylaws were adopted for the first time since the group was formed in 2011. After  a discussion period, the group voted to strike certain items form the draft, and to include some revised language, corrections, and made suggestions for new inclusions. The bylaws were adopted by consensus, and an ad hoc committee was formed to work out the revisions that were agreed upon. They’ll be voted upon at a subsequent meeting.