Company Warns Poor and Minorities They Will Suffer if N-Plant Is Closed
The power company Entergy Nuclear Northeast is warning low-income and minority citizens in New York that more power plants will be built in their neighborhoods if the state’s highly controversial Indian Point nuclear power plant is closed. Critics say the move is an inappropriate bid to use race and class in Entergy’s ongoing battle to keep Indian Point open, and they excoriated the company for assuming that officials in New York City and Westchester County would approve the construction of more power plants in poor neighborhoods, which are already disproportionately saddled with the polluting facilities. “It’s an outrageous and disgusting attempt to exploit the minority community for corporate greed,” said Susan Tolchin, chief adviser to County Executive Andrew Spano, who has proposed closing Indian Point.
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