Indian Point Continues to Have Problems Before the Sixth Seal

2016-03-31-1459451047-2856715-IndianPoint13Indian Point reactor back up and running after six-day shutdown

Thomas C. Zambito4:07 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017

Unit 3 was shut down automatically on Nov. 3 after an electrical component in a generator failed

One of Indian Point’s two nuclear reactors was back up and generating power Thursday night after being shut down for six days while workers repaired a generator, officials said.

Unit 3 went back online around 5:30 p.m., Thursday, according to Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Indian Point owner’s Entergy.

The spent-fuel pool inside Indian Point 3 is seen at the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station in …more

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An electrical component in a Unit 3 generator failed around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, forcing an automatic shutdown of the reactor. That component was replaced.

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Inspectors with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission were immediately notified of the shutdown and have monitored repairs over the past week.

“Our preliminary view is that the company’s evaluations have been thorough and comprehensive,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said. “We did not identify any immediate safety concerns with its testing of the generator or its restarting of the reactor.”

The repaired generator is housed on the non-nuclear side of the power plant. Once it trips or goes offline the nuclear reactor automatically shuts down, posing challenges for the reactor’s safety system, federal officials say.

Indian Point’s second reactor, Unit 2, remained at 100 percent power throughout the shutdown.

In January, Entergy announced that in 2021 it will shut down the Buchanan power plant after four decades of providing electricity for customers in Westchester County and New York City.

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