Leaking Pipe Shuts NY Nuke

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 05:06 PM gHale


A leaky pipe shut down a nuclear reactor at the Indian Point energy plant 36 miles north of Manhattan Thursday, officials said.

The shutdown occurred at Indian Point 2 — the same reactor taken out of service for three months in March after Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspectors found hundreds of its bolts suffered damage.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the latest leak was “further proof that the plant is not a reliable generation resource.”

The plant remains one of the most reliable in the state, said Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, the operator of the plant.

Cuomo, a longtime Indian Point opponent, said its age was showing. “The … wearing away of important components at the facility are having a direct and unacceptable impact on safety,” the governor said.

Thursday’s leak was from a “nonradioactive system” and posed no safety threat, said Entergy officials.

The plant in Buchanan has three reactors. One is permanently closed, but Entergy is trying to renew operating licenses for Indian Point 2 and 3.

Their 40-year operating licenses expired in 2013 and 2015. Entergy hopes to renew them for another 20 years.