Close Indian Point NOW!

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    Governor George Pataki, and all elected officials in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
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    Concerned citizens of Metro NY, NJ and CT.
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We, the undersigned, demand that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant be shut down immediately and permanently deactivated.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted that the concrete containment buildings housing the nuclear reactors at Indian Point were not designed to withstand attacks by aircraft such as the type that terrorists used to destroy the World Trade Center. Other independent auditors have shown proof that Indian Point has failed to prevent intrusion by terrorists in mock terror exercises.

The Nuclear Control Institute and other experts on nuclear safety have warned that an attack on Indian Point in Buchanan could breach either of the two reactors or the fuel storage pool, causing lethal contamination of everything within 50 miles.

Like the disaster at Chernobyl, the plant's radioactive fuel rods would reach temperatures exceeding 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and trigger chemical explosions that would spew radioactive particles from the site continuously, contaminating reservoirs throughout the county, and exposing 20 million people to lethal radiation.

Indian Point is within a 50-mile radius of 8 percent of the population of the U.S.A. It is clear that Indian Point cannot be sufficiently protected to guarantee the safety of so many residents within its fallout area. There is no excuse for placing our lives and those of our children in great danger by the continued operation of this plant in a time of war, when our government has declared that more terrorist attacks are likely.

Indian Point is a nuclear bomb ticking in our backyard and it must be shut down and dismantled immediately.