- Last Updated: 11:11 PM, May 17, 2012
- Posted: May 18, 2012
Another year, another Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety inspection passed with flying colors by Indian Point.
So will this finally silence the “shut it down” crowd — starting with Gov. Cuomo, who says his mantra “has always been ‘safety first’?”
Don’t hold your breath.
The NRC’s annual report card on the safety of nuclear plants around the country gave Indian Point yet another thumbs up.
Yes, some 25 issues need attention.
But the NRC’s regional administrator, Bill Dean, said they were all deemed “very low risk” or of “very low safety significance.”
Indian Point’s 2,062 megawatts provide 12 percent of New York state’s power — 30 percent for the city and Westchester.
There is no way to replace that juice — itself barely sufficient — either quickly or affordably. And certainly not both.
Not to mention the 1,300 jobs and $800 million for the local economy the plant provides.
But safety first, as the governor says.
And the verdict is in: Indian Point is safe.Follow @NYPostOpinion