New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Monday stood alongside the Hudson River waterfront in Peekskill, calling for the Department of Homeland Security to review riverfront security at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
New York’s senior senator urged the U.S. Coast Guard, which is under the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security Department, to quarterback the effort to provide a maritime security plan for Westchester County-based Indian Point.
He says federal, state, and local resources in the form of boat patrols are available.
He says he has written to the head of the U.S. Coast Guard and expects a positive response.
Jerry Nappi is a spokesman for Indian Point parent Entergy.
A request for comment from the U.S. Coast Guard was not answered in time for this broadcast. Schumer says he was surprised to learn that there were not visible 24-hour boat patrols within a 300-yard radius on the Hudson River by Indian Point. He says that’s a safety and security zone established by the Coast Guard.
He also points to a report from the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project out of the University of Texas and commissioned by the Department of Defense that says Indian Point is one of eight reactor sites across the country vulnerable to a sea-borne terrorist attack.
Entergy’s Nappi says there is 24/7 plant security at the waterfront.
He says there are boat patrols, but declined to elaborate, citing security reasons. Again, here’s Schumer:
Schumer’s call comes as the relicensing review for Buchanan-based Indian Point is under way.