County officials call for change after Indian Point emergency sirens fail

County officials and local lawmakers are calling for change Wednesday after a failure of the emergency sirens at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Monday night.

Officials say the 156 emergency sirens throughout Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties were knocked out for nearly six hours because of severe weather. When power to the building that houses the signaling equipment went out, two separate backup generators kicked in, but both failed. More alarming is that operators at the plant did not notice the failure. Officials at Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, are looking into why it took operators so long to discover the power was out.

Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton (R-NY) announced legislation to require backup power for the emergency sirens.Related storyPower outage knocks out Indian Point emergency sirens for hours

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