RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Rockland was one of four counties that practiced emergency responses Tuesday should an accident ever happen at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties also participated..
For Rockland’s part, officials gathered at the fire training center in Pomona where they were graded by monitors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on how well they completed the exercise.
According to a post on the county government’s Facebook page, Rockland is ready should a major crisis arise at the aging facility owned and operated by Entergy.
The power plant sits on the banks of the Hudson River in the village of Buchanan about 25 miles north of New York City.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently renewed his call for the facility’s license to be yanked after hundreds of faulty bolts were found at its Unit 2 plant, according to media reports.
The governor, who lives in Westchester, called the discovery the latest in a “long series of incidents” that have raised concerns about the management and maintenance of the power plant.
Among those incidents have been a power failure in the reactor’s core and the escape of radioactive water into groundwater, according to multiple media reports.
During the drill, Rockland employees tracked wind direction, wore badges to indicate radiation exposure, held media briefings, and issued updates about evacuations.
The drill was directed by Nick Longo, program director for Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services.
The county’s post said that while officials feel prepared to handle an major emergency at Indian Point, they nevertheless were glad “it was just a drill.”
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