March 22, 2011
All citizens of New York need to have access to the pertinent facts regarding Indian Point. We strongly believe that knowing the facts will answer the public's questions and will also clearly demonstrate that this facility is safe - designed with a margin of safety beyond the strongest earthquake anticipated in the area.
Accordingly, Entergy welcomes Governor Cuomo's call for a review of Indian Point by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In contrast to the thoughtful response of public officials and regulators, you will hear attempts by opponents of nuclear power to use the crisis in Japan to escalate the fears of the public in order to further their longstanding goals of closing Indian Point. You should know the following facts.
In light of the accident at Fukushima, we will of course be reviewing our procedures, training and equipment. Questions we will be addressing - at our own company and as an industry through INPO and the NRC - include:
a) Are the loss of power contingency scenarios that we currently plan for sufficiently robust, or are there additional scenarios for which we should be preparing?
b) Do we have adequate equipment redundancy to deal with these scenarios, taking into account possible common failure modes? (For instance, we are considering pre-positioning off-site emergency generators that could be brought to the site quickly by truck or helicopter and made operational should the on-site emergency generators be disabled.)
c) Is our training and drilling for these loss of power scenarios adequate?
In sum, at Indian Point we have numerous redundant safety systems for dealing with the loss of off-site power as experienced in Japan. We are committed to fully understanding the events at Fukushima and applying those lessons to further improve the safety of our facilities. As one of America's leading nuclear operators, Entergy and its employees are dedicated to the continued safe operation of our plants. We remain committed to public safety, first and foremost, while providing Indian Point's clean and much needed electricity to New York.
J. Wayne Leonard,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer