A recent column in the New York Post by Kathyrn Miles falsely concludes that New York’s Indian Point is the US nuclear plant most susceptible to earthquake damage.
Here are the facts:
· Experts at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have cautioned against ranking individual plants using incomplete information, yet Miles chose to ignore easy-to-access information demonstrating this.
· Indian Point was constructed to withstand an earthquake one hundred times greater than the largest ever recorded in the area.
· Expert analysis using the latest models and technologies confirms that the facility can safely withstand the effects of the strongest earthquake that could be expected at its location in Buchanan, NY.
· Indian Point was designed and constructed with a significant safety margin, and has put in place layers upon layers of back-ups to ensure safety in the event of a strong earthquake.
· Additionally, after both September 11, 2001, and the earthquake and resulting tsunami at Fukushima, Japan in 2011, additional enhancements were made to handle unexpected events at nuclear facilities across the U.S. In addition to these enhancements, the industry established two national resource centers from which equipment can be flown to any U.S. nuclear plant within 24 hours.