In New York, the company's Indian Point power plant has been particularly controversial. In light of September 11, critics have called the nuclear power plant, located 35 miles north of Manhattan, a potential terrorist target. The plant has been in the news the past few days because Entergy is looking to extend the plant's license and based on calls from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for an independent safety study.
All that said, Entergy says that it realizes the important role that they play in the community and expects debate. The company even credits the media with being fair in its coverage.
"We have a strong connection in those communities where we are heavily relied upon to provide electricity to meet the community's basic needs," said Jim Steets, communications manager at Entergy. "We find that the reporters have been professional and have approached the issues with an open mind. That's not to say that we haven't been unhappy with headlines that are meant to incite. But that's all right. We understand."