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Fight Over Nuclear Plant Draws N.Y. Political Heavies via NPR

New York’s political titans are clashing over the future of a controversial nuclear plant north of New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the aging Indian Point nuclear plant because of safety concerns. But the plant, which wants to extend its original licenses for another 20 years, has some powerful allies of its own.

In Westchester County, about 35 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan, a handful of anti-nuclear activists holds a weekly protest against Indian Point. They stand by the side of a busy, two-lane road waving signs and calling for the plant to close.

Protester Marilyn Elie says a successful evacuation in the event of an accident is basically impossible because 20 million people live within 50 miles of the plant.

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