Japan nuclear crisis renews questions about Indian Point

Concerns in the United States are growing over nuclear power in the wake of the problems that Japan is facing after several explosions at a nuclear plant there following last week's earthquake.

Officials at Entergy, the company that owns Buchanan-based Indian Point, say that the nuclear facility is built to withstand an earthquake greater than 8.0 on the Richter Scale.

Energy conservation coordinator Allegra Dengler is questioning the plant's safety. She says officials have been quoted saying the plant is capable of standing up to only a magnitude-6.1 earthquake.

While some local residents say they are concerned over the fact that Indian Point sits near the Ramapo fault line, many say that after 40 years without an incident, they are confident that they are safe.

An Entergy spokesman added that a natural disaster such as the one in Japan would be unlikely to ever happen here.

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