Terror exercise to test IP's security

(07/16/03) BUCHANAN - A mock terrorist drill at Indian Point will soon test the nuclear power plants' security. Many say the terror exercise won't help, but IP's new security consultant Rudolph Giuliani believes it will.

Giuliani, who was hired by Indian Point's owner Entergy to bolster security, says the terrorist exercise will utilize state of the art laser equipment that will let both attackers and defenders know if they would have been hit by bullets. During the drill, which is set for an undisclosed date, 'terrorists' will try to gain control of the nuclear power plants.

But critics contend the exercise will prove nothing. Kyle Rabin, of the group Riverkeeper, complains the force-on-force exercise, as it is called, falls far short of a real test of Indian Point security. He says he's concerned the lack of independent observers will mean the public will never know what the exercise actually shows. Entergy spokesman Jim Steets tells News 12 Westchester the company wants the public to have as much information as possible.

Giuliani says he's confident the exercise will improve security. He says his experience has taught him emergency exercises, no matter what the scenario, are the best way to test emergency response procedures.

The date for the exercise is still a closely guarded secret. Even Entergy officials say they don't know when it will be held.

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