ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called for the New York Public Service Commission to investigate a series of unplanned shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
In a letter to Audrey Zibelman, the state commission's chairwoman, Cuomo details the issues before calling on the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, to close the "aging facility."
"As you know, early Monday evening Indian Point Unit 3 unexpectedly shut down for the sixth time," Cuomo said. "This is the thirteenth unplanned shutdown at the Indian Point facility since June of 2012."
Cuomo continued to discuss a shutdown at Unit 2 that occurred earlier this month, calling both events "intolerable."
"While, thankfully, none of these events resulted in the release of radiation," Cuomo said. "We must ensure that the 20 million people who live within the shadow of Indian Point are truly safe from a nuclear incident."
Zibelman, an expert in national and international policy, was appointed to her position by Cuomo in 2013. The governor asked that she and her agency examine the capital and maintenance budgets of the operation and determine the full impact of such sudden outages.
Read Cuomo's full letter to Zibelman .
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