Buchanan, N.Y. – 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 power plants, 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.
Indian Point Energy Center's online address is www.safesecurevital.com
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