Coast Guard reminds boaters that areas surrounding power plants are off limits

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters in New York Monday the areas surrounding nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario are prohibited to vessel traffic, and mariners who enter the security zones are in violation of federal law and will be subject to enforcement actions.

Coast Guardsmen are encountering an increased number of recreational boaters fishing inside security zones established near multiple power plants near Lake Ontario in New York.

The security zones are near Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba, N.Y., James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, and Robert Emmett Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, N.Y.  They extend 600 yards out from the facilities into Lake Ontario. All vessels, regardless of size, are prohibited from transiting through, stopping or anchoring inside the security zones.

The security zones are also outlined in 33 CFR 165.911.

Mariners with questions regarding the security zones surrounding these facilities may contact the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Command Center by calling 716-843-9526.

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