Buchanan -- Security officers will be participating in scheduled training drills and weapon testing at the Indian Point Energy Center beginning August 18 and occurring on several weekdays over the next three weeks. Members of the public may hear the sound of artificial gunfire from simulated weaponry used during the drills and testing. The drills will culminate with Nuclear Regulatory Commission-evaluated security exercises during the week of August 31, where the plant's security capabilities will be tested.
Local law enforcement agencies have been informed of the events.
Security officers will be using Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems, or MILES, gear during the drill. These systems involve special laser weaponry which duplicates the effects, including the sound, of live ammunition. MILES gear is used for military and counter-terrorism training across the country.
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.