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Leaking Water Pipe Leads To Indian Point 2 Shutdown

Indian Point 2 was shutdown today after engineers found a leaking pipe.
Indian Point 2 was shutdown today after engineers found a leaking pipe. Photo Credit: File photo

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Entergy officials said the shutdown this morning of Indian Point Unit 2 by control room operators was done to fix a leaking pipe and does not pose a threat to the public.

The shutdown occurred after plant engineers found a small leak of Hudson River water from a pipe in a non-radioactive system.

The shutdown will also enable workers from Con Edison to test a breaker in a switchyard located near Indian Point, Entergy said. The breaker can be tested only while electricity from Unit 2 is not being sent to the Con Ed-owned switchyard.

Engineers at the plant previously identified a small leak of Hudson River water from a pipe in a non-radioactive system, leaking at about one drop every five seconds. There is no ongoing leak and there was no challenge to safety, however the plant needs to be shut down for weld repairs to be completed, in accordance with NRC regulations.

The work by Con Edison to test a breaker in their Buchanan Switchyard is also planned while the plant is offline.

“By coordinating with Entergy, Con Edison workers can safely test this breaker while Indian Point 2 is shut down, thus improving electrical reliability for the area,” said Brian Horton, vice president of System Operation for Con Edison.

Indian Point Unit 2 generates about 1,000 megawatts – enough electricity for about 1 million homes in this area. Indian Point Unit 3 is operating at full power and has been online continuously for 191 days.

Indian Point 3 remains online.

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