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Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable: Introduction (01:36)


Rory Kennedy recalls the 9/11 attacks and reflects on what could have happened if the plane had hit the nuclear power plant at Indian Point.

Indian Point Power Plant (02:55)

Entergy Nuclear declined to participate in Rory Kennedy's documentary. Her brother Robert F. Kennedy Jr. describes the plant as an attractive terrorist target. Experts discuss the historic perception of nuclear energy and Indian Point before the power plant; see promotional videos.

New York Terrorist Target? (02:52)

Kennedy explains how Indian Point produces power. The plant has experienced accidents and safety violations, including a tube rupture in 2000 that led to the plant's yearlong closure. Entergy purchased Indian Point in 2001; terrorists struck two days later.

Reactor Containment Buildings (04:35)

Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner (NRC) Edward McGaffigan and Robert Kennedy Jr. consider the impact of an air attack. See a promotional video for Indian Point highlighting its ability to withstand an airline attack, and a portion of Sandia study footage.

Indian Point Vulnerability (03:31)

Nuclear Safety Engineer David Lochbaum considers the vulnerability of the control room. Robert Kennedy Jr. identifies the spent fuel pools as the greatest risk of a catastrophic release of radioactivity; McGaffigan says the likelihood is small. The Kennedys fly unimpeded over Indian Point for 25 minutes.

Targeting Nuclear Power Plants (02:49)

Congressman Edward Markey and Nuclear Energy Institute VP Marvin Fertel disagree on terrorists targeting nuclear power plants. See a Nuclear Energy Institute commercial on security. Fertel describes high quality security

Indian Point Security (03:29)

Former Indian Point guard Foster Zeh discusses the physical condition and morale of the security force. See a security training video from Hatch Nuclear Power plant. An internal review indicates security forces did not feel they were capable of defending Indian Point.

Upgraded Security at Nuclear Power Plants? (03:42)

McGaffigan and Markey disagree on preparing for a large size terrorist attack. Zeh was put on leave after going public with his story about power plant security. McGaffigan states that claims against Indian Point security were not validated.

Radioactive Danger (04:50)

Chernobyl was the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. Fertel says a Chernobyl-like event could never happen in the United States. Alex Matthiessen says the possibility of a major radiation release and its potential effects could be worse than Chernobyl; experts support his claim.

Core Damage Event (02:46)

McGaffigan says the chances of significant radiation exposure in New York City are too small to be calculated. The Three Mile Island nuclear accident resulted in the creation of evacuation and emergency operation procedures for all nuclear power plants.

Indian Point Emergency and Evacuation Plans (03:11)

Indian Point has the highest population density surrounding a nuclear power plant. Experts criticize the 10 mile plan. A 2002 independent study revealed Indian Point's radiological response system was inadequate.

Indian Point Safety Management (02:46)

Counties refused to support Indian Point's radiological response system, but FEMA and the NRC signed off on the plan. Robert Breen and James Lee Witt question the decision.

Closing Indian Point? (01:49)

Robert Kennedy Jr. states that New York does not need the power from Indian Point. Rory Kennedy reflects on what she has learned during the making of this documentary and wonders if the plant is worth the risk.

Credits: Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable (01:12)

Credits: Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable

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From director/producer Rory Kennedy (HBO’s American Hollow: AU, Pandemic: Facing AIDS), this 42-minute documentary sends a cautionary message to Americans, especially those living in the shadow of the country’s 103 nuclear power plants. Once touted as a dependable source of cheap, clean energy, nuclear power plants have become lighting rods for debate in the wake of 9/11, a symbol of vulnerability and potential catastrophe should terrorists target it for attack. This film shares many harrowing statistics regarding Indian Point in particular: its alarming proximity to New York City, the fact that it is not protected by a “no fly” zone, its tons of on-site radioactive “spent” fuel cells, and evacuation strategies that are unendorsed by area residents. The film shares the viewpoints of several advocates committed to permanently shutting down the facility, most notably Rory’s brother Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Riverkeeper, an environmental conservation group. It also tenders contrary opinions from representatives of groups like the Nuclear Energy Institute and FEMA, who counter that the site is safe, and that sabotage or attack resulting in a major radioactive leak is virtually impossible. An HBO Production. 

Length: 43 minutes

Item#: BVL115000

Copyright date: ©2004

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