“Buchanan – The owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have chosen a Boston-based technology firm to install new emergency sirens in Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

Entergy Nuclear Northeast announced yesterday that Acoustic Technology Inc. was selected for the $10 million project. The company will install electronic sirens with no moving parts to limit wear and tear, back-up batteries, redundant activation methods and a silent-testing feature.

Since 2000, Entergy has spent $4 million improving its alert notification
system, which includes 156 sirens, but a string of failures last year
prompted calls for their replacement.

“We were frustrated when what we thought was a significant enhancement turned out to be unreliable,” said Oscar Limpias, Entergy’s vice president for engineering. “The counties had a right to complain, and now, with their help, we believe we are providing the best system out there.”

Jim Steets, an Entergy spokesman, said it was too early to know how many sirens the new system will have, or how the system will be implemented in Orange County.”

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