Westchester legislators are pushing to extend the 10-mile evacuation zone around Indian Point, located in Buchanan, to 50 miles, reports LoHud.
If the zone were expanded to 50 miles it would stretch from New York City north past Poughkeepsie.
Westchester County Emergency Services Commissioner Anthony Sutton said he’s worried by the government’s use of the 50-mile zone in Japan, but still believes 10 miles is safe.
Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, and Martin Rogowsky, D-Harrison, said they think the zone should be expanded based on findings that high radiation levels were measured 25 miles from the Fukushima plant in Japan.
Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi said it’s too soon to consider expanding the zone.
“There is sound science and empirical evidence for the current 10-mile emergency planning zone. It is premature to recommend an expansion of that,” Nappi said, the newspaper reports.
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