Protesters Call for Indian Point Shut Down

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    A rally in Union Square today called for the shut down of the Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City.

    The rally was organized by a group called SDIPN! (Shut Down Indian Point Now!), an activist group against nuclear power.  In a statement the group said that Indian Point has a poor safety record and "studies show that New York City cannot be evacuated in case of a serious accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack on the Indian Point plant."

    Last month, the owner of Indian Point said the facility is not susceptible to the kind of earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan.

    Entergy's vice president, John McCann, told Westchester County legislators that the earthquake in Japan was much more powerful than any recorded in the region of Indian Point.

    McCann said he expected changes to be made in response to the events in Japan, but he didn't say what they would be.

    Entergy out a one-page ad in The New York Times reassuring the public that the facility is designed to withstand the strongest earthquake anticipated in the area.

    The plant is located in Buchanan, N.Y., 35 miles north of New York City.