Assembly Votes to Urge Congress to Federalize Security at Indian Point

Would require public notice of emissions at nuclear power plants
June 11, 2003

On June 9, the New York State Assembly passed a resolution introduced by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) calling upon the Federal government to federalize security at Indian point 1, 2, and 3.

The resolution stated that “Federalizing guards at the Indian Point Nuclear facilities would provide New Yorkers with a safer environment by allowing the guards to carry more advanced weaponry to safeguard New Yorkers against a potential terrorist threat."

“Federal security guards now patrol our airports, including Westchester County airport,” stated Galef, “There is no reason why we should not confer these same protections to our nuclear facilities.”

“In a time where security is viewed as one of the largest responsibilities that our government provides to its people, legislators must take every measure to safeguard potential vulnerable points in our infrastructure,” Galef said. “I, along with colleagues in the Assembly, am urging our federal government to federalize security at Indian Point 1, 2, and 3. It’s absolutely necessary to have the strongest safety force to protect us all.”

The New York State Assembly also passed A.6424, which requires nuclear power plant operators in the state to provide public notification of all emissions, both routine and non-routine. The bill requires that toll-free numbers be established to make this information available to the public. Senator Morahan has introduced identical legislation, S.5226, in the Senate.

“Entergy now releases information regarding emissions at its nuclear plants,” stated Galef, “but it is important that we establish this procedure in law, to assure that full information is provided to our public at all times.”