Concert held in Manhattan to encourage closure of Indian Point power plants

(11/08/03) MANHATTAN - Westchester's Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants were the focus of a concert in New York City on Saturday night. Activists who want the plants shut down organized the "Nowhere To Run Concert."

The concert took place at the Jewish Home and Hospital Auditorium on West 106th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue. It was a grassroots concert venue for the night as musicians, poets and speakers took the stage to have their voices heard.

The New York City Friends of Clearwater, an environmental activist group, organized the concert. They say there are numerous problems with Indian Point from the security at the site to the power plant's evacuation plan. Entergy officials, the owners of Indian Point, maintain the facility is safe.

The benefit concert was sparsely attended, and at $12 a head, the fundraiser will not raise major cash. But grassroots organizers believe every penny counts, and every song provides a chance to spread the word. Conservation and efficient energy use are other goals of the Clearwater group. In addition to the concert, they held a seminar earlier on Saturday on those two subjects.

Of all the nation's nuclear power plants, Indian Point in Buchanan sits in the mostly densely populated area. With a new terror alert warning al-Qaida may be looking to target nuclear plants, the call for IP's closure grew louder at Saturday's concert.

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