[If we really cared about the major terrorist threat to NYC, we would close down the Indian Point nuclear plant located only 24 miles to the north of NYC and run carelessly by a Texas corporation, Entergy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Point_nuclear_power_plant

I have seen repeated reports on the highest authority that the place is sloppily run and protected. It was actually unguarded prior to 9/11. A subsequent protest by security people there complained that they were understaffed. And this latest item shows the total lack of security entailed by a guard asleep at the gate — and why only one guard? Let us hope that this plant, threatening our major national economic and cultural center, will be shut down and not let to generate Texas profits at the risk to our nation as a whole.

Ed Kent]

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/08/28/2007-08-28_indian_point_nuke_plant_on_snooze_contro.html?ref=nl&nltr_ct=1&nltr_id=IndianPointnukeplantonsnoozecontrol

Indian Point nuke plant on snooze control

Tuesday, August 28th 2007, 4:00 AM

An armed guard at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County has been caught sleeping on the job, authorities said yesterday.

The unidentified guard was found snoozing Sunday by a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector at a post where workers are identified by palm prints and X-rayed for explosives.

“The guard started work at 6 a.m. and was found asleep at around 2p.m.,” said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

The guard was alone on the second of three security rings around the two plants in Buchanan, about 24 miles north of the city, Sheehan said.

The Indian Point reactors are owned and operated by Entergy Nuclear, which has assured the NRC that there were no security breaches during the siesta.

Entergy spokesman Jim Steetsc said the guard was placed on administrative leave pending tests for drugs and alcohol and a review.

Anti-nuclear groups fighting to close the plant blasted Entergy for keeping guards on 12-hour shifts.

Abby Luby With News Wire Services

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