BUCHANAN - A former security officer at Indian Point says the nuclear power plant isn't safe and is now suing its parent company, Entergy.
Jason Hettler, 38, was a lieutenant with the security detail at the plant in Buchanan, but he says he regularly voiced his concerns to upper management about the plants' vulnerability to a terrorist attack.
In a 76-page lawsuit, Hettler levels some very serious accusations against the company on a number of issues. Hettler claims the company covered up violations of worker fatigue rules and falsified training certifications to equipment failures.
He contends there were at least two failed security drills, and a third in November, when the security team's radio system was hacked so that security personnel couldn't communicate.
Hettler took his concerns to the NRC after he says Entergy messed with his schedule and eventually suspended him in retaliation. He is suing to get his job back and other damages saying Entergy violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Calls to Entergy for reaction to the lawsuit have not been returned. However, the NRC recently gave Entergy permission to continue generating power during its re-certification process. At that time, Entergy noted then it has spent $100 million at the plant since 9/11 to increase security.