Sens. David Carlucci, a Hudson Valley Democrat, along with Republicans Greg Ball and George Maziarz (a WNYer who chairs the Energy Committee), plan to hold a hearing Thursday in Stony Point to discuss contingency plans in the event of a nuclear crisis.

“The Indian Point nuclear power plant, which sits within two miles of two intersecting fault lines has the highest risk of an earthquake causing its reactors core damage in the United States,” Carlucci said in a statement.

“To ensure the safety of the 20 million people who live within the 50-mile peak injury zone, Senator Maziarz, Senator Ball and I will be holding a hearing focused on detailing plans and precautions in the event of a natural disaster.”

UPDATE: We’ve just learned that the hearing has been postponed to May 12 due to “scheduling conflicts” on some speakers. Carlucci said the date was delayed so the trio could “provide ample time for the agencies around the state who are responsible for our safety to be able to attend.”

The disaster in Japan has revived talk in New York about the safety of Indian Point, located in Westchester County along the Hudson River. New York has several other facilities in the Rochester region.

But it is Indian Point and its proximity to New York City that has heightened the concern. Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington to discuss safety at the plant with federal officials and secure a plan to have top regulators visit the plant later this year.

Evacuating the area around Indian Point has been deemed a near impossibility in the event of a major catastrophe and meltdown. However, the plants owners, Entergy, have insisted the plant remains well-guarded in the event of a disaster.