BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan can withstand the worst earthquake to ever hit Westchester, according to Entergy, which operates the nuclear facility,
The company responded to claims from U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, (D-Westchester) who called for greater safety measures to be implemented in the event of an earthquake.
Jerry Nappi, communications manager for Entergy, said Indian Point conducted a comprehensive seismic analysis showing Unit 3 was capable of withstanding the strong possible earthquake at the location.
"We will go back and perform another analysis to show Indian Point is safe from an earthquake," Nappi said.
Nappi said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has deemed Indian Point safe to operate after the $10 million study.
"We look at the worst earthquake that ever occurred and build to a margin above," Nappi said. "We perform analyses and make sure we can withstand the worst."
Lowey's statement came on the heels of a recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission report that detailed potential risk to the two nuclear plants in the event of an earthquake.
"This report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirms once again my long-held belief that Indian Point is in need of major improvements and, in general, nuclear power facilities need tough, thorough oversight," Lowey said. "I urge Entergy to thoroughly complete the analysis and evaluations included in the NRC’s findings as quickly as possible."