Planned Security Exercises At Indian Point This Week; Exercises Will Include Sound Of Simulated Gunfire
Buchanan – Security exercises will be conducted at the Indian Point Energy Center during parts of the day and evening on Tuesday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 2nd using simulated weaponry that sounds like actual gunfire. During the exercises, persons near the site may hear the sound of simulated gunfire as participants carry out simulated attack scenarios that are intended to be as realistic as possible.
Local law enforcement agencies have been informed of the events.
Participants will use a technical innovation for the exercise known as “MILES” gear, or Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems. These systems involve the use of laser “bullets” and vests with laser-detection equipment, which duplicate the effects, including the sound, of live ammunition. MILES gear is used for military and counter-terrorism training across the country to make it as realistic as possible without using real bullets.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity and supply about 25 percent of power used annually by homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators.