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Steve SaundersMar 8, 2016, 7:34 pmMar 8, 2016, 7:42 pm

Group of Indian Point protesters ‘happy to plead guilty’ to disorderly conduct charges

Eleven activists were arraigned Tuesday

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A group of protesters pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges after they were arrested for picketing at the entrance of the nuclear power plant in December.

The group says they are standing up for safety of the community. They believe the Indian Point nuclear plant is operating with expired licenses.

Jacki Drechsler, one of the "Indian Point 11" who was charged with disorderly conduct, says he is proud of the message they sent through their demonstration, despite the arrest.

But the plant’s operator, Entergy, denied the protester’s claims.

A company spokesperson said the "Nuclear Regulatory Committee has stated that Indian Point's licenses are not expired.” He adds that the Indian Point 11 are “not concerned with the facts."

A judge ruled that the protesters must pay court fees as part of their punishment.

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