Monday, April 23, 2007

$130,000 Fine Inadequate At Indian Point

So, the word is out, that NRC has fined Entergy $130,000 for failing to get the siren system up and running in time to meet the deadline, siting serious problems with top tier management at the plant. Not exacly, if you READ THE FINE PRINT...NRC recommends said fine. Further, the plan to take care of said problem falls far short of being good enough, as the company has 30 days from tomorrow to submit a plan for fixing the non-working system while our communities are unprotected. We need an attorney to file for federal injunctive relief shutting both reactors down till the sirens pass the 94 percent benchmark established by the NRC.

In other Indian Point news, another tritium leak has beeb identified...more on that later.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plant $130-thousand dollars today for failing to meet last week's deadline for a new emergency siren plan.

In a letter to Michael Kansler, president of Entergy Nuclear Operations, the N-R-C said the failure "reflects insufficient management attention at senior levels."

It also said Entergy's action merited twice the usual $65-thousand-dollar fine for such a violation. Entergy said it takes full responsibility for the delays.

The commission today gave Entergy 30 days to come up with a plan to get the new sirens up and working. Entergy said it would meet that demand.

The 150 sirens are meant to alert residents within 10 miles to any emergency at the plant, which has two reactors in Buchanan on the Hudson River, 35 miles north of New York City.

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