Nuke-related evacuation could overwhelm region

Officials in Dutchess and Ulster counties say they are ill-equipped to handle the great number of people likely to migrate north in the event of a disaster at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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Nuclear accident evacuation plans: Is the U.S. ready?

The plant near the largest population center in the country is Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York. Two reactors operate about 25 miles from the limits of New York City and about 35 miles from midtown Manhattan. About 310,000 people live within 10 miles of the plant; more than 20 million live within 50 miles of it.

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