Forum held at Yorktown Town Hall on Indian Point plant

Opponents of the nuclear facility at Indian Point voiced their dissent Friday evening at a public forum at Town Hall in Yorktown.

Activists, experts and concerned citizens packed the building for an open hearing, and to raise awareness on the area's nuclear safety. A major point of contention was the expansion of the federally mandated evacuation zone from 10 miles to 50 miles.

Indian Point officials were invited to the forum, but did not attend. "Indian Point is not susceptible to the type of earthquake that occurred in Japan, nor the tsunami that followed that ultimately removed its cooling capabilities," officials released in a statement.

A congressional bill is in the works to stop the re-licensing of nuclear plants until a review of the Japan disaster is complete. Indian Point's license is nearing its renewal date.

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