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Indian Point Unit 3 Returns To Service After Fluctuating Water Levels

Indian Point Unit 3 is back in operation.
Indian Point Unit 3 is back in operation. Photo Credit: File

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Indian Point’s Unit 3 nuclear power plant returned to service this week, generating electricity a day after control room operators safely and manually shut down the unit after observing fluctuating water levels inside a steam generator.

Operators determined that one of the unit's three condensate pumps, which is part of the system that feeds water into the plant's steam generators, automatically shut down Wednesday while the unit was operating at full power, causing water levels inside the steam generator to fluctuate. The three condensate pumps are on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

The unit is operating safely on two condensate pumps while engineers and mechanics repair the third. Unit 2 continues operating at full power and has been online for 478 continuous days.

Indian Point Energy Center is home to two operating nuclear power plants, units 2 and 3, which generate about 2,000 megawatts of electricity and supply about 25 percent of power used annually by homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

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