Galef Renews Call to NRC to Mandate Stronger Storage Facility for Spent Fuel Rod Pool at Indian Point

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, 90th AD, has renewed her request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to mandate that the spent fuel rod pool at Indian Point be housed in a stronger storage facility. In May 2002, Galef submitted a petition with over 1200 signatures from her constituents to the NRC to require a more robust building for the spent fuel rod pools on the site of the two active nuclear power plants.

Galef is pressing the NRC to require Entergy, the owner of the nuclear plants in Buchanan, to begin the process immediately to better secure the spent fuel rods for the safety of the residents living around the plant. In addition, Galef is requesting that Entergy speed up their plans to move spent fuel rods to dry cask storage.

In a letter to Galef on August 5, 2002, John A. Zwolinski, Director, Division of licensing Project Management Office of Nuclear Regulatory Regulation for the NRC, stated that, “the staff in reevaluating the NRC’s safeguards and physical security programs. After this evaluation in complete, the Commission will be able to determine whether modifications to the spent fuel pool structures and enclosures are warranted and whether additional safeguard measures should be established.”

“It is time for the NRC to conclude their studies and start to act,” stated Galef. “We must have the maximum safety measures for the storage of nuclear waste at Indian Point. There can be no compromise or delay when it comes to issues dealing with safety measures at Indian Point.”

“I believe that the spent fuel rods should ultimately be stored in dry cask storage and moved off site to the federal repository to be established at Yucca Mountain. However, since fuel rods need to be cooled in a pool for five years before they can be moved into dry cask storage. I believe that the spent fuel rod pool should be housed in a secure concrete and steel containment building, not a building with a tin roof. I will continue to fight for this important safety requirement,” concluded Galef.