ELVIRA & HORTENCIA COLORADO www.8000drumsorg -1:00 pm in Riverbank Park @ 145th & Hudson River on Sunday, March 20, 20011. For further info: 212-431-1666 or 646-492-7463.

WANBLI SINA WIN email: wamblisinawin@yahoo.com is the author of "The Red Road is not for Sale" which has been featured on Indianz.com and in Native Times and she is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Wambli's grandfather is Chief Lame Deer, Tahca Uste, John Fire, a Sicangu (Rosebud Sioux) medicine man whose life was chronicled in Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions in the 1970s. She can be reached at 918.840.6017

PAUL GALLAY www.riverkeeper.org BUCHANAN, NY — Federal regulators are studying the Indian Point nuclear power plant to determine if its earthquake safeguards are adequate, and a leading environmental group wants the plant shut down until the latest seismic data is considered. Authorities sharpened their focus on nuclear safety after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami triggered explosions and a partial meltdown at a nuclear plant in Japan over the weekend. The scrutiny of Indian Point has focused on earthquake vulnerability. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it has identified 27 plants nationwide — including Indian Point — that might need to upgrade seismic safeguards because of new science that shows an increased threat.

In 2008, a study by a group of leading seismologists from Columbia University revealed a second fault line near Indian Point, the Stamford-Peekskill fault line. Scientists said the Ramapo Seismic Zone and the Stamford-Peekskill fault line intersect roughly one mile north of Indian Point. These seismic areas have been relatively quiet — producing an occasional earthquake measuring less than 3.0.But the experts said that combination of fault lines near Indian Point were capable of producing a magnitude 7.0 temblor. Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, said its three nuclear units, including one that was shut down in 1974, were built to withstand a magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

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