- 04/09/2013 (Hudson River Sloop Clearwater)
PURCHASE, NY – At this most crucial time in the effort to close Indian Point when a 40-year review hearing process is now taking place by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Clearwater continues to lead the grassroots effort against the relicensing and continued operation of Indian Point.
Although Indian Point Units 2 and 3 suffer from age-related degradation that reduces their margins of safety, Entergy has requested an extension of their present license to operate for an additional 20 years. While the reactors are encased in 6 feet of reinforced concrete, the overcrowded fuel pools and the facility control rooms are relatively unprotected and there is insufficient back up electricity to provide adequate cooling for the densely-packed ‘spent’ fuel rods. For these reasons, together with a long list of safety problems and a deficient evacuation plan, Clearwater is working on many fronts with the community, elected officials, and other environmental groups to prevent this 20-year license extension.
Clearwater and The Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action are proud to host a benefit to support Clearwater’s Indian Point Campaign that will take place on April 28, from 3:00-6:00 PM at Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
At the event, Clearwater will honor New York Assembly Member, Ellen Jaffee, and former Westchester County Executive, Andrew Spano for their ongoing commitment to assuring public health and safety and environmental protection, and for helping to retire Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Public Justice attorney Richard Webster will provide a brief update about Clearwater's efforts to assure environmental justice as an intervenor in the Indian Point relicensing case.
This intimate affair will also feature special musical performances by singer-songwriter and pop folk artist, Dar Williams; bluesman, Guy Davis; and Hudson Valley songstress, Linda Richards.
The fundraiser is open to the public to attend and reservations can be made on the Clearwater website at www.clearwater.org by making a donation and selecting “Indian Point Benefit 2013” as the gift designation. Reservations are $125 per person, $200 for two, or $350 for two and include two tickets to the Clearwater Festival taking place June 15 & 16 at Croton Point Park in Westchester County, NY.
The event will also feature a reception and silent auction that includes a week at a villa in Italy, fine wine, a Peter Max print and other fine art and photography, including a signed print of the artwork for the album, River of Dreams, signed by Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.
Clearwater has been at the forefront of the fight to close Indian Point to prevent the relicensing of outdated facility. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action has also actively opposed Indian Point and called for its closure. This intimate gathering will bring together many influential individuals from a constituency that is building community momentum to see the Indian Point nuclear facility permanently closed.
The fundraiser will help to defray Clearwater legal costs and help in promoting Clearwater’s environmental justice advocacy for all of the Hudson Valley. All proceeds will go to support Clearwater’s legal fees, community outreach efforts, and public policy campaign to close the aged, leaking, outdated nuclear reactors located at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, NY.
WHAT: A Benefit to Close Indian Point with reception, honored guests, musical performances and silent auction
WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
WHERE: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577
WHO: Honored guests Ellen Jaffee and Andrew Spano. Special musical guests Dar Williams, Guy Davis and Linda Richards. Co-sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater & The Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action.
RSVP: Reservations are $125 per person, $200 for two, or $350 for two and includes two tickets to the Clearwater Festival taking place June 15 & 16 at Croton Point Park in Westchester County, NY. Reservations can be obtained through the Clearwater website at www.clearwater.org by going to the donation page and selecting “Indian Point Benefit 2013” as the gift designation.
For more information, please contact Linda Richards at 845 265-8080, x7105, Events@Clearwater.org.
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