Mock IP terror drill gets underway

(07/29/03) BUCHANAN - Since September 11th, Indian Point has been the target of a debate over whether the plants can withstand a terrorist attack and whether an evacuation of areas within 10 miles of the facility is possible. So, officials have begun a force-on-force mock terror drill to test the efficiency of the plants emergency plan.

The drill is part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's efforts to develop a new strategy for protecting all of the nation's nuclear reactors. Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, says the drill will last until Friday. Residents may hear loud explosions coming from the plants and are urged to stay clear of the area.

Critics of Indian Point say the drill is a sham and will not prove whether the plant's security team can handle an actual terrorist attack. Alex Matthiessen, of Riverkeeper, says, "Indian Point is an obvious terrorist target and there's a huge gap in security between what is being required of the plant owner and the kind of threat that we now face."

The NRC is expected to evaluate the performance of Indian Point's security officers during the drill and provide feedback to Entergy.

Click here here for reaction to the force-on-force drill.Close Indian Point NowIndian Point Energy CenterJames Lee Witt Associates, LLCFederal Emergency Management Agency

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