A pair of nuclear reactors at Indian Point, 35 miles north of Manhattan and sitting near earthquake fault lines, will be first in line for a federal inspection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Tuesday.
“It is essential that the NRC move quickly to answer the significant and long-standing safety questions surrounding Indian Point,” said Cuomo, who has advocated closing the site, which is up for license renewals in 2013 and 2015.
Under an agreement reached with New York yesterday, the NRC also agreed to include state experts in the review and share inspection data with the state.
Indian Point reactors are among the 27 facilities nationwide set to get NRC checks after a deadly 9.0-magnitude quake wreaked havoc at a nuclear plant in Japan.
“We don’t believe there is immediate risk to these plants,” but the studies will look at new seismic data that may not have been available when the plants were built, said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.
The NRC aims to have assessments completed next year, he said.
Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Entergy, Indian Point’s operator, said it welcomed the inspection.
“We strongly believe that knowing the facts will answer the public’s questions and will also clearly demonstrate that this facility is designed with a margin of safety beyond the strongest earthquake anticipated in the area,” Entergy Chairman J. Wayne Leonard wrote in a letter.