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Twenty million New Yorkers live within 50 miles of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. It does not close until 2020-21. 45 years of nuclear waste will remain on site and the decommissiong process takes time. The pipeline, apparently already in operation, is “1500 feet away from the reactors and 105 feet from a power substation“. https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Algonquin_Gas_Transmission_Pipeline

There can be short-term fatalities as far as 60 miles away from a nuclear accident!
See: “Chernobyl on the Hudson“: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/nuclear_power/indianpointhealthstudy.pdf

People need to start asking where twenty million people (or even fewer) would go in the event of a nuclear accident, and the impacts upon both the New York economy and the rest of the country. This is all the more true since the US is currently growing at over 2 million people per year, over half due to legal immigration. The population of New York has increased by almost half a million between 2010 and 2017.

Excerpt from the Executive Summary of the AIM pipeline risk analysis report. Notice “likely” in the last sentence.


Gas pipelines and power plants do not belong at or near the Indian Point nuclear plant site. Closing Indian Point does not solve the radioactive threat to 20 million New Yorkers who live and work within 50 miles of the plant“, and the US economy. “A gas pipeline explosion adjacent to 45 years of highly radioactive nuclear waste permanently stored on site could make this region uninhabitable for millennia…. the first phase of the impermissibly segmented Algonquin pipeline expansion, which was constructed only 105 feet from critical safety infrastructure at the Indian Point nuclear plant…located next to two major earthquake fault lines. Even with the closure of Indian Point, a multi-year decommissioning process, the potential explosion of high pressure gas transmission pipelines intensifies the clear and present dangers of the more than 45 years of vulnerable and highly radioactive spent fuel permanently stored there. As if that dangerous scenario were not reckless enough, proposals for the construction of a gas power plant at that location have been reported which would escalate the risks…” Read more here: https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/sce/lower-hudson-group/2017%2006%2018%20Urgent%20Action%20Alert%20FINAL.pdf

Overlay the size of the Chernobyl exclusion zone with rough location of Indian Point Nuclear Power Station and Trump Tower

Greenpeace OpenStreet Map. Wind direction may vary. This is to give an indication of the size. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/nomorechernobyls/exclusion-zone-comparison-map/

Lowey to FERC Chairman: Agency must consider pipeline risk analysis and enforce strictest safety standards to ensure safety and security of Indian Point and surrounding communities; In letter to NYSDPS CEO, Lowey requests access to full risk analysis report on Algonquin pipelines to determine necessity of further federal action to minimize risks and protect public safety.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the New York State Department of Public Service (NYSDPS), respectively, to consider the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ full AIM Pipeline Risk Analysis Report during further examination of the Algonquin pipelines and to provide her with the full report, which has not been made public.

The letters come on the heels of New York State’s release of an executive summary of the full AIM Pipeline Risk Analysis Report. The summary, released June 22, 2018, identified areas of potential concern regarding proximity of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline to the critical infrastructure at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York.

“New York State’s executive summary of the report released June 22, 2018, identified areas of potential concern that should be used to inform FERC regulatory activities to make the AIM project safer for the remainder of Indian Point’s operating life and through decommissioning,” wrote Lowey in the letter to FERC Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre. “I urge FERC to consider New York State’s analysis as it further investigates and considers actions to mitigate potential risks posed by the Algonquin pipelines. The health and safety of my constituents depend on it.”

“As the Member of Congress who represents Buchanan, the community that hosts IPEC, I hope to have access to the full report to determine whether federal agencies should take further steps to minimize risks and protect public safety,”

Congresswoman Lowey wrote in the letter to NYSDPS CEO John B. Rhodes. “In a June 22, 2018 letter to FERC Chairman Kevin J. McIntryre, you outlined recommendations for additional risk reduction and asked further questions regarding previous safety and risk assessments of dangers posed by the pipelines’ proximity to IPEC. I hope to review the complete report to better understand these recommendations and questions and take possible actions at the federal level to ensure the strictest safety standards and most updated information is used as FERC makes regulatory decisions about the AIM pipelines and IPEC, while the nuclear plant is still in operation and throughout the decommissioning process.”

As Lowey notes in the letters, the AIM Project generally replaced an existing 26-inch natural gas pipeline with a new 42-inch pipeline on a route from northern Rockland County under the Hudson River and through northern Westchester County. However, the portion of the pipelines that pass near safety-critical infrastructure at Indian Point still has the old 26-inch and 30-inch pipelines in addition to the new 42-inch pipeline. FERC approved the project, despite the many letters it received throughout the approval process from Lowey and other elected officials.
Full text of the letter to FERC is here.

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Please note that less than 10% of legal immigrants are refugees.


A disproportionate number of the so-called natural growth is due to newer immigrants having more kids than the descendants of earlier immigrants do today. They are also having more kids than in their home countries, thus contributing to world population explosion. This legal immigration rate is the highest and most sustained in US history. The country is already overpopulated due to earlier immigration. If not stopped the country will become a desert wasteland. It is illogical to the point of insanity to argue that because there were earlier immigrants that this huge influx must be maintained.

Birth Rates Among Immigrants in America: Comparing Fertility in the U.S. and Home Countries” By Steven A. Camarota on October 1, 2005 https://cis.org/Report/Birth-Rates-Among-Immigrants-America

Immigrants boost America’s birth rate They are 13% of the population but account for nearly a quarter of births” Aug 30th 2017 https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2017/08/30/immigrants-boost-americas-birth-rate