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Sources include Coalition Against Nukes (C.A.N.), Enformable, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (S.A.P.E.), as well as postings from Shut Down Indian Point Now.
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
Around 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 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.
Video courtesy of Joe Friendly
There will be an important general meeting, Wednesday, Feb 25 from 7-9 PM at the Goddard-Riverside Center on the NE corner of Columbus Ave. and W. 88th Street. Take the 1, C or B subway to West 86th St. or the M104, M7, M10 or M11 bus to West 88th Street or the M86 bus to Columbus Ave.
The agenda will include nominations and election of new officers, the adoption of by-laws, an update on the NYC Council Resolution to close Indian Point and upcoming activities.
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