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Indian Point Security Drill Includes Simulated Weaponry

Entergy, which runs Indian Point, recently conducted safety exercises.
Entergy, which runs Indian Point, recently conducted safety exercises. Photo Credit: File Photo

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The safety and security of Indian Point Energy Center continues to remain a top priority.

Entergy, the electric power company that runs Buchanan-based Indian Point, hosted several security training drills on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The drills used simulated weaponry as participants attempted to attack the plant in an exercise.

Entergy used "MILES" gear, Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Sysyems, using laser bullets to simulate live ammunition.

Indian Point is required by the federal  government to host security drills every other year, but runs its own drills during off-years. Entergy's security is regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"This is not an evaluated exercise," Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi said. "This is an opportunity for learning, particularly for newer members of our security team."

The exercise took place over two days and nights, and Nappi said they made sure to notify the public.

"We periodically like to test our defenses," Nappi said. "The adversarial forces try to gain acess and each time we have been able to protect the plant."

According to Nappi, Entergy has invested more than $100 million into Indian Point since 9/11. Indian Point has been singled out as a potential terrorist target due to its close proximity to New York City.

Nappi said Entergy has added enhanced intrusion detection and additional barriers.

"We have state of the art technology," Nappi said. "We give them the best technology and capability."

Overall, Nappi gave Indian Point a good grade for being secure.

"The drills went well," Nappi said. "They demonstrated our capabilities our high. There is always learning opportunities. That's why we do drills and tabletop exercises."

Nappi, citing security purposes, declined to specify where Indian Point's security might need to be improved.

Indian Point 2's licensing agreement is currently under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and will remain operable until a decision is rendered. Indian Point 2's license expired Sept. 28.

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