The recent Japanese nuclear disaster raised many concerns about New York’s Indian Point and New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plants. The former is constructed one mile south of the Ramapo fault line in Buchanan, New York. The later is the oldest continuously running nuclear facility in the United States. Many consider the technology utilized in both obsolete. While they are operating safely, each time a minor malfunction occurs or License Renewal Applications are scheduled, residents worry.
For years, fanatical environmentalists have blocked consideration of a dam and hydroelectric power plant using the Hudson River’s north to south water flow. They have placed greater emphasis over the welfare of various worms, beetles, snakes and surrounding areas than human beings.
Such a plant could insure New York, New Jersey and their future metropolitan generations ample electrical energy. More importantly, it would eliminate the use of both nuclear materials and fossil fuels by efficiently providing the same type of power generated by hydroelectric plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by the Hoover Dam that utilizes flow from the Colorado River.
A Bi-State Commission should be established to study the feasibility of shifting emphasis from producing energy using nuclear materials, coal, gas and oil to that generated by water powered turbines and electrical generators. By commencing the long process of study, construction and conversion as soon as possible there would be a smooth transition when both existing plants are retired.