Good Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News
Indian Point: Editorial
We welcome Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s calls for a safety review at Indian Point. The nuclear power facility in Buchanan has been the focus of much scrutiny as events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant unfold. We write:
Longtime critics of Indian Point continue to cite events at the deeply unstable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan in their calls to shut the nuclear reactors that reside along the Hudson in Buchanan. Those who have supported nuclear energy generation, including at Indian Point, say important lessons can be learned from Japan’s nuclear disaster, but that it is extremely unlikely a powerful earthquake, let alone the tsunami that followed, would happen here.
Lower Hudson Valley residents are paying close attention. Rightfully so. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2010 ranked Indian Point’s Reactor 3 as the top risk for catastrophic core damage from an earthquake. Indian Point’s Reactor 2 ranks 25th out of the nation’s 104 nuclear power plants for earthquake damage risk. NRC’s “risk estimates” rely on a 2008 study by scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades. …
Indian point: Commentary
Wally Glickman, a Pomona resident and professor of physics at Long Island University, offers a commentary on the prudence of continuing to operate Indian Point.
Indian Point: Commentary
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx, who represents the 17th congressional district, argues that the time has come to close down the nuclear-power facility.
Here’s what our colleagues at newspapers across New York are saying:
Proceed carefully in Libya: Editorial, Newsday
No time to overreact: Editorial, The Buffalo News
What’s the goal in Libya: Editorial, Albany Times Union
There’s still a to-do list for health reform: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Clarity needed on Libya mission: Editorial, Daily News
Japan’s suffering stuns: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal