NRC grants Indian Point several exemptions involving fire safety

The Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY.

March 28, 2011 3:26:44 PM PDT
The state attorney general says federal regulators should take action against nuclear plants in the New York suburbs for what he called failure to comply with fire safety regulations.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has granted Indian Point several exemptions involving fire safety.

He said Monday that compliance is essential for the plant's emergency systems.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says Indian Point is operating safely, including in terms of fire safety.

He pointed out that a federal judge recently upheld the exemptions.

Also on Monday, Westchester County lawmakers heard scientists say that although the possibility of a large earthquake can't be dismissed, a tsunami like the one that damaged nuclear plants in Japan is highly unlikely at Indian Point.

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