Day two for Indian Point terror drills

(07/30/03) BUCHANAN - Wednesday was the second day of the "force on force" drill being staged at the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan. The drill is aimed at testing the plant's defenses against terrorist attacks.

Buchanan residents living within two miles of the plants have been told they may hear explosions and gunfire as security teams and plant workers run the drill. The first simulated attack happened on Tuesday night, and the drill will continue through Friday. So far, Buchanan Police have not had any complaints.

Most of Buchanan's approximately 2,000 residents seem to be relatively unfazed by the commotion. However, anti-nuclear activists are making their voices heard, calling the drill a farce. They contend that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's regulations on plant security contain a loophole that would let terrorists have an upper hand. The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition says that plant owner Entergy only has to defend against internal sabotage, while the military is responsible for defending from foreign powers. According to activists, groups like al-Quaida do not fit into either category.

 

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