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Feds To Conduct Safety Review Of Indian Point Power Plant In Wake Of Japanese Earthquake

03/21/2011 09:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will soon inspect the plant on the banks of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of the city, U.S. Energy Secretary David Chu said Sunday.

Gov. Cuomo, who has long advocated closing the Buchanan plant because of its close proximity to 21 million people, demanded a top-to-bottom examination of the aging double-reactor plant last week.

"It is an issue. We're going to have to look at whether this reactor should remain" in operation, Chu said on "Fox News Sunday." "This is not to say that we believe that reactor is unsafe."

The Westchester Board of Legislators will meet today to look into the disaster preparedness plan at Indian Point.

The Entergy Corporation, which owns Indian Point, also announced plans last week that it will conduct an internal review of its readiness to respond to a catastrophic occurrence.

A report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists showed the Indian Point had many engineering vulnerabilities, which, they claim, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have largely ignored. An MSNBC analysis of NRC data suggested that, of American plants, the Hudson River facility is the most vulnerable to a quake because one of its reactors is on a fault line.

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