BUCHANAN - A new list released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ranked Indian Point as a "top priority" for earthquake preparation.

The NRC wants Indian Point to undergo more research to determine the plant's risk level in the event of an earthquake. The plant is one of 60 that has three years to report back with its findings.

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Riverkeeper, a local environmentalist group, says the deadline of three years is too far off and the plant should not continue operating in its current state.

A spokeswoman for Indian Point says the report does not mean the plant is unsafe and does not include advances that it has already made.