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Head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission tours Indian Point

NRC head to tour Indian Point today

BUCHANAN - The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a tour of Indian Point today as part of the power plant's relicensing process.

During the tour, politicians and experts discussed whether the plant's emergency evacuation plan could really work.

Rep. Nita Lowey said an alternative to Indian Point's plan needs to be considered. Lowey says more than 20 million people now call a 50-mile radius home, and that evacuating the area in an emergency would be impossible.

Entergy spokesman Jim Streets said Indian Point is designed to keep radioactive materials in if there is a leak, unlike the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

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