CHERNOBYL-ON-THE-HUDSON - Indian Point: New York City's Nuclear Reactor
- 08/07/2012 by Ken Gale (http://www.comicbookradioshow)
There are two nuclear reactors on line right now that are three times closer to New York City than Chernobyl is to Kiev.
There is justified fear of a Chernobyl-like accident in the United States. Yet it is also important to keep in mind that even the routine functioning of nuclear reactors constantly damages our health. Since 1976 there have been two operating nuclear reactors just north of Yonkers - reactors that have been plagued by technical problems and accidents. These reactors are the Indian Point nuclear power plants.
The Croton and Kensico reservoirs, which supply almost all the water to New York City, are only four and 12 miles downwind of Indian Point. A portion of the routine emissions of radiation and radioactive substances go into our drinking water.
Chernobyl deposited over 100 Pico-curies per liter of Iodine 131 in rainwater in New York, as measured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Milk has 1/5 to ¼ of what rainwater has. Therefore, a quart of milk in New York had as much radiation as 10 to 20 x-rays. NOAA reports that as being "no threat". Chernobyl radiation traveled several thousand miles and has been found in New York City. The U.S. Government officially believes that people more than ten miles from a reactor are safe and everyone else is in almost no danger. That is how government agencies and utilities can swear that nuclear power is safe. They mislead. They lie.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially responsible for monitoring Chernobyl radiation in the U.S. Since their filtering system only measures particles (not gases), their figures are only 1/9 of the actual amounts. Furthermore, they only measured Iodine 131, not other more dangerous elements.