Pipeline Being Built Near "Chernobyl On The Hudson"
Located just 25 miles north of New York City, the Indian Point nuclear power plant long been a source of worry among nuclear activists, who think that it could cause a Fukushima-style disaster right here in the U.S.
Just this past winter, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the facility to be shut down after officials discovered that a radioactive substance known as tritium was leaking into groundwater.
Officials said that the substance didn't leave the site, but the whole incident raised serious questions about the long-term safety of the facility some call "Chernobyl on the Hudson".
Given this shoddy safety record, you'd think that government officials would do everything in their power to keep danger as far away as possible from Indian Point - right?
Well, think again.
A federally-approved pipeline project currently under construction would - once completed - come within miles of the Indian Point facility - threatening the lives of millions in the process.
The so-called Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project was OK'd by the government last March and has been the target of a fierce protest campaign ever since.
Even Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined in, asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to block the project.
The governor was unsuccessful (the FERC upheld the Algonquin expansion this past March) but the fight against the pipeline isn't over.