Because of the latest toxic leak at New York’s Indian Point nuke plant we decided to look for more information on the area fault lines and the loony plan by a giant gas company to run a new pipeline through the grounds of Indian Point facilities.
Indian Point is a Pressurized Water Reactor – info
The Indian Point info site has Units 2 & 3 listed.
What about out-of-service Unit 1?
Unit 1 is crazy aunt in the attic –
It only worked for 26 months….
“IP-1 operated commercially from August 1962 until October 31, 1974. The plant was shutdown because the emergency core cooling system did not meet regulatory requirements. By January 1976, all spent fuel was removed from the reactor vessel.”
3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues
Low levels of groundwater contamination have been identified as originating at IP-1. The primary radionuclides involved are Sr-90 and tritium, and appear to be leaking from the spent fuel building. Entergy has moved IP-1 spent fuel to dry storage, has drained and cleaned the IP-1 spent fuel pool, and will continue long-term monitoring and reporting of site groundwater.
2008 – NRC doc on dry fuel storage at Indian Point
Riverkeeper – (2013) Timeline of Indian Point LEAKS
Indian Point has to put the old fuel rods in dry cask storage outdoors because they built the building for them too small for the crane to move them(!!).
This 2006 Idaho Nat’l Lab doc mentions Indian Point’s SFP leaking (page 2).
Riverkeeper: Radioactive Waste and Pollution
“Government regulations allow radioactive water to be released from Indian Point nuclear power plant to the environment containing “permissible” levels of contamination. However, since there is no safe threshold to exposure to radiation, permissible does not mean safe.”
(Lots of documents linked in the article)
LINK – http://youtu.be/gkPrmQIuizc
USGS Fault Map
Fault Lines running through New York City – Map
Newark Basin Fault (map) – small picture of it
Buchanan, NY (home of Indian Point) location – 41°15’49.7″N, 73°56’27.5″W
Various New York state gas pipeline maps
Millenium Gas pipeline map < goes to the west side of the Hudson River near Indian Point, map shows the Algonquin pipeline
Their expansion project (next to Indian Point) summary – has blast radius etc. in case of mishap –
“Summary of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline Project Sited Next to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, siting the 42-inch diameter, high-pressure gas pipeline 105 feet from critical infrastructure at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.”
MAP of the proposed pipeline expansion
SAPE – Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
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