petition to Congresswoman Nita Lowey at her White Plains office with 1869 names on it. They say the congresswoman has been on the side of closing this plant in many of its battles for license renewal.
UPDATE (July 18): We've now been told "CONGRESSWOMEN LOWEY IS GOING TO PERSONALLY SEND OUR PETITION TO THE NRC WITH A COVER LETTER." Every bit at that level helps.
The petition has also been sent electronically to Governor Cuomo, all NYS legislators, and to the NRC.
Keeping in touch with signers via email, the petition creators said the public's "RESPONSE TO THIS PETITION WAS DRAMATIC" and the "COMMENTS WERE INFORMED.
Other "INFORMED" statements were made at the NRC public meeting on May 14th, for which a transcript and audio has been provided at these links:
Audio on YouTube here.
DeBar's opening remarks and segments of related interviews and commentary are
available at livestream/4szCS (it loads more slowly; the meeting itself begins at 15:27).
Transcript here (includes editorial remarks, names of speakers
where possible, and links to various documents cited).
Here's how the petition read:
We, residents of the Hudson Valley and the metropolitan New York and New Jersey areas, are demanding that the licensing renewals for the Indian Point nuclear power plant for 2013 and 2015 be denied, and that the plant is closed down as soon as possible. Studies have shown that with upgrades in the New York State power grid, with energy efficiency and conservation measures, and investment in renewable sources, Indian Point's capacity can be replaced with minimal cost to consumers.
And what pushed them to designing it in the first place was this:
Petition BackgroundTwenty million people live within fifty miles of Indian Point, and the risks are very real:
1. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) told Americans living 50 miles from Fukushima to evacuate, yet Indian Point has an inadequate evacuation plan of only 10 miles.
2. Indian Point is located near a fault line. In the event of an earthquake of a possible magnitude of 7, Indian Point is totally vulnerable.
3. Indian Point operates without an approved fire prevention plan and has been exempted from countless safety rules.
4. Indian Point lacks an adequate protection plan in a world of real terrorist threats.
5. Indian Point does not have a plan to repay the potential loss of lives, homes, livelihood, and irreparable damage to drinking water and the environment for the residents of the historic Hudson Valley.
Replaceable energy is not worth the enormous safety risk that Indian Point poses.
Please, sign the petition to close Indian Point today!