Schumer calls for security review of Indian Point

The Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY.

November 25, 2013 8:02:00 AM PST
New York Senator Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a top-to-bottom review of Indian Point nuclear plant's security and to provide recommendations for a maritime security presence.

Schumer cited recent reports that document dangerous gaps in Indian Point's maritime security.

Currently, he said, there is no requirement for a 24-hour on-duty patrol boat to be stationed near Indian Point, so at times, only a line of warning buoys stand between boaters and the Indian Point facility in Buchanan

While there are multiple patrol boats that are focused on Indian Point, he said there several potential gaps in security revealed by media sources that need to be assessed, and then rapidly addressed.

Schumer suggested that the U.S. Coast Guard, which is under the jurisdiction of the DHS, lead the effort to provide a 24-hour maritime security plan, subsequent to the review of Indian Point's current security status.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it does not discuss details of plant security. But it says even if there's not a boat there at a given moment, other security measures can detect a person or group trying to get onto the plant grounds from the Hudson River area.

The plant is in Buchanan, 35 miles from Manhattan.