March 16, 2011
Indian Point is designed to withstand an earthquake greater in size than the area has ever experienced. The NRC recently stated that “operating nuclear power plants are safe and that every plant is designed with a margin of safety beyond the strongest earthquake anticipated in the area.” The reason the risk is low for Indian Point is partly because of the geology and tectonics of the East Coast region. Indian Point is neither susceptible to the type of earthquake that occurred in Japan, nor the tsunami that followed that ultimately removed the cooling capability of the Japanese plants. Nevertheless, over the next 30 days, as part of an industry initiative, Indian Point will be performing a comprehensive review of the plant’s ability to respond to catastrophic events.