PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should review maritime security at the Indian Point nuclear power plant along the Hudson River, Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday.
There's no requirement for a 24-hour, on-duty patrol boat near Indian Point. At times, only warning buoys stand between boaters and the plant in Buchanan, 35 miles from Manhattan, Schumer said.
"Indian Point is a high-value resource, but also a high-value target - we must always be vigilant and gaps in security must be patched up as soon as possible," Schumer said in a statement. "Waterborne attacks on Indian Point are not out of the question."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it does not discuss details of plant security. But it said that 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.
Schumer is suggesting that the Coast Guard reach out to the state's Division of Military and Naval Affairs, as well as to law enforcement agencies, in an effort to provide "combined maritime resources."