Schneiderman Files Petition with NRC Over Indian Point

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today filed a petition with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) over Indian Point, saying it needs to take action against the Westchester County nuclear facility over fire-safety regulations.

The move comes after Schneiderman’s lawsuit last month that seeks to have the NRC study the safety impact of storing used nuclear fuel on the Buchanan site.

Schneiderman said in the petition today that fire-safety requirements are necessary “to ensure that the facility would be able to safely shut down during and after an emergency.” He said that Indian Point is in violation of established fire safety regulations and in seeking more than 100 exemptions.

“In the wake of Japan’s crisis, our country’s nuclear facilities should be bolstering their safety measures, yet Indian Point is looking to weaken its precautionary measures,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “It is absolutely essential for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to compel the facility to comply with all fire safety measures – both to secure the plant’s emergency systems and ensure the safety of the tens of millions of people living in the region.”

Here’s the petition:

2011 03 28 OAG 2-206 petition re fire safety

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