Efficiency of emergency sirens at Indian Point questioned by county officials

There's a discrepancy as to how many sirens at IP failed to ring in last month's test.

The county claims 20 percent of the sirens at Indian Point failed to ring during a drill last month. But Entergy, the company that owns the nuclear power plants, says only three failed to ring. Now, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is looking into the matter.

The 154 sirens at the plant are supposed to sound in the event of a terrorist attack or a nuclear disaster. According to Entergy, the emergency siren system is new and improved. The company says in some cases the sirens sounded, but jammed and did not rotate possibly because of birds nesting. Entergy says only 94 percent of the sirens need to work to be within regulations.

No matter how many sirens sounded or didn't sound, some residents say they are more concerned with the overall evacuation plan.

The NRC is scheduled to visit Indian Point next week to investigate what happened during the test.

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