As I am sure by now everyone knows, Entergy's Indian Point siren system failed miserably, and it is looking very iffy that they can meet the Sunday (April 15th) deadline...If they cannot meet the deadline, the solution is simple. Moth ball reactors 2 and 3 until they can. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, and do not operate the facility without a warning system that passes muster.
Sadly, we know that is not going to happen. Instead, we'll have Entergy Northeast writing yet another letter asking for yet another extension of time, and the NRC rubber stampers gladly will grant their REASONABLE (cough, cough) request.
Hillary Clinton who has embraced nuclear industry as a solution to global warming, is out issuing empty press releases, so that we here in her home state think she's on our side, decrying the situation, but FALLING FAR SHORT of calling for plant shut down until the warning system has passed muster...any one want to bet that A) Hillary and Bill have a real shelter at their Chappaqua compound, or B) a helicopter would pick them up and whisk them out of harms way in case of a nuclear event at Indian Point. No wonder she has no problems playing both sides of the nuclear coin depending on what audience she is playing to on a given day. Bet the farm that she will be a no show at the yearly Indian Point Assessment Review later this month.
STATEMENT OF SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON REGARDING ENTERGY REQUEST FOR DELAY ON INDIAN POINT SAFETY SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION
“It is completely unacceptable that Entergy will not have the new siren system into place by the prescribed deadline. The failure of over thirty emergency sirens during today’s test is extremely troubling. These failures are deeply alarming, particularly in light of last week’s fire and shutdown at Indian Point Unit 3. This is merely one in a long litany of concerns related to safety system failures at Indian Point. If Entergy fails to meet the April 15 deadline, then the NRC should take whatever action is necessary to ensure public safety.”
In July of 2005 Senator Clinton authored legislation included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requiring backup power for Indian Point’s emergency notification system and complete installation of new emergency notification sirens in the areas around Indian Point. In February 2006 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an order to implement the Senator’s legislation. In January, Entergy was granted an extension until April 15, 2007.