Croton sits between 4 and 7 miles downriver from the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan. The Evacuation Plan authorized by the county is at best inadequate, and more truthfully a fantasy.
Croton CIP's statement was read to the Board of Trustees at last night's meeting. The group not only asked the village to formally acknowledge the inadequacies of the plan, but consider acting in the following ways:
1. Place the resolutions you’ve already signed online.Read the full text here, or view the 17-min. presentation in this archived webcast beginning at 45:37.
2. Educate yourselves (if you haven’t already) on the specific threats of this plant. A good start would be watching the Brodsky session I’ve been talking about and other of Legislator Kaplowitz's E & E hearings.
3. Attend NRC meetings (as other local officials have been doing) and speak for the residents of Croton.
4. Continue to pass resolutions relevant to environmental protection and public safety as they pertain to this village.
5. Explore the kinds of information Entergy is withholding (e.g., exemptions, financial data, grid arrangements), and make FOIL requests as needed.
6. Prepare amicus briefs and testimony relative to village concerns in order to assist courts in deciding matters before them in the current litigation. Surely the village has a right to expose how inane the Evacuation Plan is and how the NRC is not attending to its primary mandate: namely, to Protect the People and the Environment (as it says on its website). . . There is a role the Village of Croton can play in holding their feet to the fire on the issues of transparency and public confidence.
7. Consider forming a Village Committee to explore issues relating to threats to life in this village as we know it: nuclear plants immediately, but also fracking, gas pipelines, etc.
And finally, 8. Liaison with other village and town governments whose residents find themselves in the same position.
See also the Cochran report to the NRDC (April 2011) on the implications of Fukushima.
Another of Croton CIP's members, Mary Cronin, asked the village to sign onto a resolution prepared by the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition calling for:
— Extending the radius of the evacuation zone from 10 to 50 miles,
— Remedying the flaws and deficiencies identified in the Witt report,
— Establishing full containment and independent back-up electricity and cooling for the spent fuel pools, and moving the rods as quickly as possible into dry casks,
— Taking new seismological data into consideration and upgrading infrastructure,
— Transmitting these resolutions to Gov. Cuomo.
Quickview of the resolution here; download a PDF here.