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No Safety Issue in Today's Indian Point Shut-Down, Plant Officials Say

Operators shut down Unit 2 after two pumps stopped working.

Operators at Indian Point's Unit 2 shut down the nuclear power plant Feb. 13 after pumps shut down and water levels in the steam generators began fluctuating.

Spokesman Jerry Nappi said no radioactivity was released and there was no threat to the public or the workers.

According to Entergy:

Control room operators safely shut down Indian Point’s unit 2 nuclear power plant Wednesday afternoon, following indication of fluctuating water levels inside the plant’s steam generators, which occurred when two pumps that send water from a drain tank to the steam generators stopped operating.Workers were testing a valve associated with the equipment when the pumps, which are located on the non-nuclear side of the plant, stopped operating.  An investigation into the cause of the shut down is continuing.There was no release of radioactivity and no threat to the safety of workers or the public. All equipment performed as designed in response to the shutdown.Unit 2 had been online for 252 continuous days prior to today’s shut down.Unit 3 is currently operating at full power and has been online for 104 continuous days.Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear powerplants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

The original 40-year operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are due to expire on Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 12, 2015.

Entergy, the company that operates Indian Point, has submitted an application for a 20-year extension.

 

Wendy Kelly February 14, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Spokesman Jerry Nappi said no radioactivity was released and there was no threat to the public or the workers. Always the same story and I still don't believe it!
john February 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Yet another compelling brilliant statement by the MENSA girl.
shakemdown February 15, 2013 at 04:50 AM
i've been living in PEEKSKILL for fifty years, and i too feel the same way you do, everytime it shuts down or they shut it down the first words out of their mouth is " no radioactivity was released", do you really think that they would tell us if it did, think about
jo February 15, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I am sure..some outside group would be monitoring the radiations levels.. and report it as soon as they could.. the anti IP folks are smart and are on every infraction they can quicker then white on rice.. I too live close by..and I never lose sleep over it.. it was here before I got here and I was aware of its presence
jo February 15, 2013 at 03:38 PM
seems to me. if this plant gives so many folks nightmares they sould simply move for the sake of their emotional health.. why stay, if you are living, in what you believe is a toxic surrounding ???? That plant is here to stay..
MH February 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
You know I'm kinda tired of people making comments on things that they really do not know anything about. My husband works at Indian Point and he tells me pretty much everything that is going on. There is not need to be concerned. They shut down the Unit's when there is a maintenance issue. This is not the Love Canal sweetheart. In a year you get more radiation from the sun than you would ever receive from Indian Point in your entire lifetime.
Area Man February 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM
In Fukusima a citizens monitoring network was set up because of credibility issues with the local authorities. If one is concerned enough these units can be purchased relatively inexpensively. Google rad alert
to MH.. about Indian Point...it is not acceptable to have any people caused events..as we all have read the indian pointers caused the shut down...wow great crew there....and then we read about employees stealing copper pipes etc?? this is not a typical power plant..thisis onethat is situated near 20 plus million people...every employee should be re-evaluated as its obvious they arent doing their jobs correctly..this should be a ultra secure site..it is obvious there are many problems...not allowed!!!!!how do we know if any employees have been contacted by any outside group to do harm..because it in reality they arent protecting this plant that well...we need a federal investigation ASAP of everyone......THE New York Region is way too populated to be put at any risk whatsoever....Our Gov should drop everything and conduct a investigation ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teleman February 17, 2013 at 04:00 AM
The plant has been there since the 1962. I wonder how many of the complainers moved into the area since that time and now "fear" it? It's like moving in next to an airport and then bitching about it- oh wait, that happened at westchester county airport. Or moving next to a shooting range and complaining about the noise- oh, that happened at Blue Mountain.
Stephen Simmons February 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Quick question to all the IP haters: say you're successful on getting it shut down, where do you plan on getting your electricity? Do the math on how many windmills and solar panels you'd need, and you'll quickly see how silly you are. Close IP and the next "best" replacement option is a coal plant. Is that better? Or just don't replace it and you can watch your rates skyrocket, and enjoy blackouts. Maybe we can all just start using candles for light. What's the environmental of a few million people burning candles every night? I'm sure the enviro-loonies would panic at that carbon footprint.
wow must be the workers complaining...a plant of this magnitude should have never been built in the most populated part of this country...it should be built upstate...we do have national grids to deliver the electricity...I guess you two youtes dont rember Three Mile Island or the day 0f 911...or wait!!!the storm surges that decimated lower manhatten and many parts of the new York areas shores...Bottom line is we just had a plant shut down due to such great workers...and they did have a issue of employees stealing right off the premises SUCH INCREDIBLE PROTECTION..NOT !! There should be armed GUN BOATS 24/7 on the river..oh i get it...you only worry if you see 4 guys in a canoe wearing turgans do you get worried...with a camel sitting in the rear of the boat...oops have i read there is "just little radioactivity leaks in the hudson?? this place should be shut down......the employees can work down the river at the prison and watch for break-outs!!!
James Adnaraf February 17, 2013 at 03:35 PM
There is no way to eliminate the risk from radioactivity. It is doubtful that IP officials would proactively tell the entire truth on any risk. Having said that, I also get a huge kick out of the people who might be called left of center, telling us we cannot trust the government to properly regulate Indian Point. Many of those who do not trust the government on Indian Point want to empower the government to run the healthcare system (even beyond what is going on with Obamacare), and other aspects of the economy. So, they don't trust the government, except to run the healthcare system. Interesting.
Walden Macnair February 17, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Entergy has proven itself to be a bad neighbor time and time again. The only difference is we're not talking about a dog on your lawn, we're talking about radiation and that can be lethal. Today's journal news has an article where Entergy claims they can evacuate the ten mile area around IP in five and half hours. If you believe that, then I've got a beautiful bridge in Brooklyn that just came up for sale.
entergy is leaving out ..the people who say live 100 feet past the 10 mile limit!!!like they will just say"wow we are outside the 10 mile danger zone!!!in reality if ther was a disaster...everyone on long island would be deeply philips screwdrivered...how would they get off the island???like one bridge? or its two...years ago i met with a highly knowledgeable person from a major electric and gas company..as I was in the surviellence industry and was replacing a outside camera and giving him a analysis of his plant..I said wow look at IP..if ther was a problem wouldnt the cloud drift close to here? he said NOPE...projected studies showed any dangerous air would drift over upper NYC and over Long island....so in reality if he was close to right...there is no safe evacuation...as everyone for 50 miles will be in their cars"STUCK on ROADWAYS" and readypeople? how long would the gas in the cars last??and when you get to say the first tier of needing gas.."HOW CAN THOSE GAS STATIONS HAVE ENOUGH FUEL FOR A MILLION CARS AND TRUCKS?stop and go traffic isnt good for gas milage..
Walden Macnair February 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Reasons why evacuation won't work: 1. Bus drivers may self evacuate and leave their buses unmanned. 2. Gas Station workers would close up and leave. 3. Parents would drive to schools to pick up their children against the recommendations of the government and cause traffic tie-ups and confusion. 4. Traffic jams of monumental proportions will dwarf anything you've ever seen in rush hours. 5. Current evacuation plans are designed for a 10 mile circular radius even though the contamination will move in a cone towards the direction that the wind is blowing. A change in the wind will then change the direction of the cone. 6. Some of the evacuation routes will require you to drive into the contamination before you drive out of it. 7. Some residents will refuse to leave. 8. Hospitals can not be evacuated in five hours even under the best conditions. We don't have enough ambulances in Westchester to evacuate all our hospitals. If you think this hazard is worth you paying less on your Buchanan Taxes or a little less in your electric bill, you will change your mind when the siren goes off. I guarantee it.

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