Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today that the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted his petition for fire safety enforcement action at the Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan, Westchester County. The move means that the NRC will consider Schneiderman’s call for greater fire-safety steps at Indian Point and other nuclear facilities across the country.
“If Indian Point is vulnerable, so too are the tens of millions of people who live and work in the communities that surround it,” Schneiderman said in a statement today. “My office has zero tolerance for violations that put New Yorkers at risk and will continue to take all necessary action to ensure the facility meets the safety requirements. I will continue my efforts to ensure the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission does the same.”
The Democratic attorney general filed the petition on March 28, questioning whether Indian Point has sufficiently put together safety precautions. Schneiderman said that the facility is violating federal fire-safety regulations and wants more than 100 exemptions from the NRC.
Schneiderman said Indian Point hasn’t installed required fire detectors or fire suppression systems at various spots, hasn’t strengthened electrical cables in the case of a fire and hasn’t established automatic response systems in the case of a fire.
Here’s the petition he filed in late March.