Since June 20th, AP News has published a 4-part series on the failure of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect the public. These articles are the result of a year long investigation. If you haven't read these articles, you may want to do so. Indian Point is mentioned repeatedly, and you will learn that calling the plant safe after these exposés is impossible. You can find the articles at the following links.
June 20 AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety
June 21 AP IMPACT: Tritium leaks found at many nuke sites
June 27 AP IMPACT: Populations around US nuke plants soar
Jun 28 AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history
On the good news front, Trustees for the Village of Croton passed two resolutions related to Indian Point which you can read at the village website when the June 20, 1011 meeting minutes are added.
Furthermore, New York State passed the Power New York Act, which brings us a few steps closer to closing Indian Point. Related articles:
Power New York Act a win-win , a Journal News editorial (June 23, 2011)State lawmakers have signed off on an energy and jobs bill that one writer called "the most important bill most New Yorkers never heard of." When finally put into place, the new law could become the rejoinder to the perennial question: Where do we get the power if Indian Point is shuttered?Power NY Act Promises Thousands of Jobs and Help for Homeowner, by Mike Clifford, Public News Service (June 24, 2011)Finally, the NRC is rethinking its safety requirements and those calling for a moratorium on new and renewed licenses are being reported.U.S. Nuclear Agency Rethinking Major Safety Requirements After Japan's Disaster, by Hannah Northey of Greenwire, in the NY Times (June 27, 2011)The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reconsidering deep-seated safety assumptions after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled a Japanese nuclear plant in March and revealed potential deficiencies in the United States' own safety guidelines.