Remembering 9/11: Indian Point
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, many people feared that terrorists would hit other local targets, including the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan.
In July 2004, a 9/11 commission report was released suggesting that terrorists had considered crashing a plane into a nuclear plant in the New York area. Now, nearly 10 years later, some worry the facility is still a threat.
According to Jerry Nappi, a spokesperson for the plant's owner, Entergy, there's a containment dome that can protect against extra forces, such as an airplane crash.
However, River Keeper President Paul Gallay says it's unlikely that the plant could withstand one hit from an aircraft, let alone two. His concern is spent fuel rods, which the National Academy of Sciences agrees would be a credible terrorist threat.
Nappi says the fuel rods are protected by 6 feet of steel reinforce concrete and that the whole complex is also secured by a heavily armed security force.
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