Indian Point owners testify in front of state lawmakers

Representatives from Entergy, which owns the Indian Point nuclear facility, testified in front of state lawmakers in Stony Point today on the safety of the plant and their emergency response plans.

The public hearing was scheduled in the wake of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in March. Lawmakers, including state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland), say they want to make sure the plant is prepared for an emergency.

Entergy officials maintain the plant is safe and can withstand a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Spokesman Jim Streets says security forces have been increased, along with multiple vehicle barriers and detection equipment.

Lawmakers say they will make a formal opinion after today's hearing on the future of nuclear energy in the Hudson Valley. Currently, Indian Point is under review for relicensing in 2013 and 2015.

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