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Official: Danbury Airport agreement not unprecedented

Danbury's Director of Civil Preparedness is shedding some more light on the agreement made recently by the City and Entergy Nuclear, in case of an emergency at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in New York.  The Federal Regulatory Commission has named Danbury Airport as a back up to drop and ship needed supplies.  Director Paul Estefan says Danbury has enough area to do the cargo load and unload.

 

He says in the days of the Hubble Space Telescope, Danbury shut the roads down for about 15 minutes to get the cargo plane off the ground.  Perkin-Elmer, using a government flight, used Danbury as a partner.

 

Entergy would provide security at the airport for operations, and reimburse the airport for necessary helicopter fuel.

 

He says the helicopters are not sitting around waiting for an emergency to happen.  Estefan told City Council members that ic could be up to 48 hours before a helicopter arrives, because they move from the west coast to the east.

 

Danbury Airport is a back up choice for Indian Point, if Stewart Airfield is available that would be the first choice to airlift supplies.

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Dave Rinelli

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