State leaders hold hearings on IP plan

(01/17/03) WHITE PLAINS - The fallout from the Witt report on Indian Point continues as state Assembly leaders begin to discuss the merits of the IP evacuation plan.

Members of the State Emergency Management Office were grilled by Assembly leaders during the joint committee hearing Friday. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Elmsford) called the hearing. He's long been opposed to the nuclear power plants and says the Witt report is changing political opinion.

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt was appointed by Governor George Pataki (R-NY) to conduct an evaluation of the Indian Point evacuation plan. What he found was an inadequate plan that posed a threat to residents in all neighboring areas.

Since the release of the report and the refusal by county officials to sign off on evacuation plans, state officials have called on the feds to review the current regulations. Brodsky believes the matter is going to ultimately end up in the hands of the federal government.

Now lawmakers will have to wait and see what the feds are going to do about the evacuation plan.

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